Buried Life

While writing our new book, we asked our fans to send us the things they wanted to do before they died. One particular letter came in that struck us deeply. I want to share it with you now. If it had to be a list item, I'd label it "save a life."
I have volunteered and worked at my local non-profit, no kill dog shelter since I've been in college. Now I have been hired as the shelter director and I desperately want to improve the lives of the dogs that live at our shelter while they wait for their forever homes.
I want to start a Lyme Disease Foundation and get the word out about what Chronic Lyme Disease is and what patients with Chronic Lyme Disease go through on a daily basis.
I have been overweight all my life. I started getting larger when I was in kindergarten. I am about to turn 32 years old and would like to have the experience of being a regular, healthy sized person.
When I hear the question what do I want to do before I die, I automatically think about my dad. My dad is the most amazing person I have ever known.
Early this year my 15 year old sister was diagnosed with a disease called Scleroderma, which attacks the lungs heart and kidneys as well as other parts of the body. I want to give her one trip to anywhere she wants to go in the country.
My idea came to me when I first started hearing about all of the teacher layoffs that began in Wisconsin, and has quickly spread throughout the country.