KOREA, South Korea — A Korean-American friend of mine, who was a college senior when I was a freshman, was in her early 20s when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
I was surprised by how well she was doing and how quickly she recovered from the disease, but the news had a bigger impact on me than I thought.
She was the kind of person who would ask me to help her with a problem, even if I was not a friend.
And so, when she became a widow, I made a conscious decision to help.
I helped her in many ways, including by making a donation to her charity.
But the gift I made for her also gave me hope that there is hope for all people in South Korea.
That hope has grown and expanded over the years, and I’m honored to have had the opportunity to be a part of it.
As I said earlier, there is a Korean-Canadian in my life.
My son and daughter are Canadian-born, and our two grandchildren are of Korean descent.
And I am very proud of my children.
But that is just one of the many ways that I have made the world a better place for all of us.
I know that if there is one thing I would love to say to you, it would be this: Thank you for coming to my birthday party.
I’m very thankful for all the wonderful things that you have done for me.
And, more than anything, I would like to thank you for your friendship.