Many years ago as I was coming to the end of my enlistment in the USAF I came to a point where I was done both phsically and mentally. I was at an impasse and was unsure of what direction to go. As a result this was weighing on me and the people on my flight could see that I was struggling. On a particular difficult day one of the flight supervisors came to my post to talk with me. Althought this person was new to the base it was clear to me that they were concerned with my well being. So when they wanted to get real about my issues I laid it all out for them. When I had finished my story they squared up on me, looked directly in my eyes and said, "Thomas, no matter what happens just make sure that it is your decision." I have long since seperated from the USAF but those words have stuck with me over the years. Anytime I came to a rough point in my life I made sure that I was making the decision on how it was going to go. With that advise I have found much success. A few months ago I was saddened to hear that this person had lost their battle to ALS. I was unable to tell them how impactful they were on my life. In their memory and for all those who have fought the good fight againts this horrible disease, I will be swimming my first 5K on June 2, 2019 at Lake Zurich, Illinois. I am asking for your help. Together I want to raise $500 for each kilometer of the swim for a total of $2,500 that will go to ALS research to help in finding a cure. Thank you!!