Last night, during the #AmericaStrong segment of ABC Nightly News with David Muir, David shared a story of a young man named Casey O’Brien – an incredible story of resilience and perseverance in the face of significant adversity for a young man. You see, Casey grew up as a normal young boy, who loved to play football. But his love of the game was sidelined when he was diagnosed with bone cancer while in high school back in 2013. Through all of his treatments, chemotherapy, surgery and even a knee replacement, Casey remained resilient. He persevered even after the bone cancer came and went multiple times. He is a four-time bone cancer survivor. As a result of all of his treatments, he had to switch positions from quarterback to holder, so that he could still play the game he loved so much. This past weekend, Casey returned to the field for the first time in his college football career as a sophomore for the University of Minnesota to hold the ball for the kicker in an extra point attempt, which was a success. The entire play, along with a very emotional embrace with his coach after the play, was all captured on video for all to see.
Casey’s resilience to beat cancer four times and his perseverance to one day play football again is inspiring! His story should be a beacon of light to anyone who is suffering and who has a dream in life that they feel they are unable to achieve. His story shows us that there is no excuse and no reason that can stop any of us from pursuing our goals and dreams in life. Regardless of our perceived shortcomings and personal excuses, it is clear, through Casey’s life, that with the right amount of resilience and perseverance, we too can all achieve whatever it is that we want for ourselves. Casey acknowledges this truth in the video himself.
Let’s have Casey’s story be a beacon of light to all and let your inner resilience and perseverance inspire those around you just as Casey O’Brien’s story has inspired us.