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Have you ever made a big decision if life not knowing if others would support you? Before I started the sKeven Foundation I had the same question, but I should’ve never worried about what others think in the first place. God has a plan for all of us and I’m just walking in the path he has laid out for me.

Let me tell you a story about a guy I met that continues to support everything I do in life, and I only met him two years ago. I like to exercise and stay active, so I go to the local YMCA here in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Two years ago I was training for an event called the Ranger Run. It was a 5k with obstacles along the route. I had never competed in an event like this and had never run 3.1 miles before, so I thought I should probably prepare for it before I go and make a fool of myself. About two weeks prior to the event I ran into this guy in the YMCA locker room, his name is Matt and he is a marathon runner. Besides running marathons, he’s very outgoing and doesn’t know a stranger. He has a beautiful wife (Holly), and two awesome stud sons (Ethan 17, and Chase 16). So I walk into the locker room and see Matt, we say hi and talk about the event I’m training for. You probably wouldn’t know this from meeting me, but I’m a shy person and not really confident with new things, but I’m working on that. As I’m talking with Matt I’m praying that he doesn’t ask to train with me, because I’m afraid I won’t be able to keep up with him. Matt proceeds to ask me if I’m running outside for the day, I was reluctant to say yes, but said yes because I didn’t have anything better to say. Matt asked if I would like to run with him. I knew he was a great runner and wouldn’t be able to keep up with him, but said yes. I asked how far he typically ran on his lunch hour and he said 5 ½ miles. I was taken back and told him I would go, but not to wait up for me, I would do the best I could. To make a longer story short, we ran the 5 ½ miles that day and I never felt better. Matt and I talked the entire time and he made me feel like we had known each other all our lives. We have the same struggles and don’t judge each other for them. Family is our #1 priority and we give each other advice. He’s a natural coach, whether its sports or life and I love that about him.

Two years later I tell Matt about starting sKeven, he supported me from day one and continues to be our #1 supporter. He has purchased somewhere between 8-10 of our sKeven shirts and he is always asking what he can do to help. In May, which is melanoma awareness month, Matt decided to not just talk the talk, but walk the walk and went to see a dermatologist for a skin exam. The dermatologist removed a pre-cancerous spot on his face. Matt now goes to the gym and tells people his story and encourages others to go see a dermatologist for a regular skin exam.

I’m so blessed to have someone like Matt in my life, he always says the right thing and supports me whenever I need it. Thank God for putting him in my life.