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The one hundred honoree: David A. George

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The one hundred honoree: David A. George

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Is it a mystery? A memoir? A love story? A self-help book? You might say it’s all that—and more. “The Year It All Made Sense” by David George tells the author’s battle with cancer in a way that has resonated with so many people.

Caroline Whalen is one person who was truly impacted by the book. “When I read ‘The Year It All Made Sense,’ I thought for the first time that someone battling cancer doesn’t have to stop living their life during treatment. Even though he felt tired, depressed and defeated at times, David still pushed himself to participate fully in his life. He tried his best to remain in a positive mindset. This inspired me,” Caroline shares.

David was diagnosed with cancer in 2011. At the time, he was getting ready for the casting finals of the hit TV show “Survivor.” After changing plans, he decided to embark upon a “survivor” journey of his very own. In 2012, armed with a video camera, a microphone and a camera, he began documenting his experience. He captured 258 days of his life, along with more than 6,500 photographs.

Stephen DeFusco, a friend of David’s, understood the powerful teachings that would come from David’s experience. “I knew his book would be something that could and would inspire others to take things as they come. Never give up, and when the last straw was placed on the metaphorical camel’s back, we don’t break. But if we do, we drag our bodies using whatever’s left to the finish line.”