Let the Games Begin: Purpose in Pittsburgh

By: Wills Porter Welcome to the Games “Welcome to the 2008 Transplant Games!” As these words echoed over the crowd, the room erupted in applause and cheers. Standing with my teammates, I looked around the auditorium and noticed the venue was completely full. It was in that moment that I realized the magnitude of theContinue reading “Let the Games Begin: Purpose in Pittsburgh”

Reflections on the Journey: Running the Trails

By: Wills Porter What trail are you running? A few weeks ago, I went for a trail run. As a running fanatic, I love trail runs because they are more technical and challenging. These runs test my agility, stamina and patience. Just when I think I can speed up, my foot will find a rootContinue reading “Reflections on the Journey: Running the Trails”

Reflections on the Journey: Speak Life

By: Wills Porter We all hold a double-edged sword There is something profound about the spoken word. In a way I think that the spoken word is the most profound aspect of the human experience. In one way we can speak life. We can encourage. We can bring hope. In another way we can speakContinue reading “Reflections on the Journey: Speak Life”

Reflections on the Journey: My Second Home

By: Wills Porter Shifting Environments Twenty-one years ago, I received my life-saving transplant. Ever since then, I have been to hundreds of doctor appointments and spent a large amount of time in the hospital. As much as I love being home, I also have come to love the hospital. You may be wondering why IContinue reading “Reflections on the Journey: My Second Home”

Reflections on the Journey: Motivation and Purpose

By: Wills Porter Motivation and Purpose When it comes to this life, I believe that we are all here on earth to do something only we can do, this is our purpose. Purpose can be a challenging thing to discover. In a world full of distractions and static noise, we can so often loose sightContinue reading “Reflections on the Journey: Motivation and Purpose”

Own It Part 3: A Word on Responsibility

A Word on Responsibility To truly Own It and advocate for your medical care you have to accept responsibility. In my view, accepting responsibility is one of the hardest things for anyone to do. It is one thing to be responsible for your medical care when everything is going well. However, when you are facedContinue reading “Own It Part 3: A Word on Responsibility”

COVID Chronicles Conclusion: Resurgence

One night we all went to sleep. When we woke, nothing was the same. Many wished this was a game. Many looked for others to blame. This disruption had a name. This disruption was called COVID-19. – As the virus spread no one could run. No one could hide. So.. we were told to goContinue reading “COVID Chronicles Conclusion: Resurgence”

Joy in the Journey Part 6: Classic City

Take a Leap In the previous post, I discussed the importance of not buying into the low expectations others place on you. When I was in high school, I did not do a good job of drowning out the negative voices in my life. It wasn’t until I was a Junior in highschool that IContinue reading “Joy in the Journey Part 6: Classic City”

Own It Part 1: Welcome to Reality

Own It Series Introduction At the age of twelve, I bean one of the greatest experiences of my life. At the time, I did not realize it, but looking back, the teen clinic experience at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta was truly incredible. The goal of the transplant teen clinic program at CHOA was to helpContinue reading “Own It Part 1: Welcome to Reality”