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Recipient Profile - Andrew O'Bleness

ANDREW O'BLENESS

 

HOMETOWN: 
Keokuk, IA


COLLEGE OF ENROLLMENT
Life University, Marietta, GA


MAJOR
Doctor of Chiropractic/ Masters in Nutrition


CURRENT AGE/AGE AT GRADUATION
25 currently, 28 upon graduation

 

 

STRENGTHS: Thriver and survivor from leukemia, visionary/ dreamer, determined/ hard worker, self-less, happy and smile(y), caring

WEAKNESSES: sports/ ESPN, shoes and cars

PASSIONS/HOBBIES: working out and being outside, listening to self-improvement podcasts, reading (classics or non-fiction), researching new products in the health and wellness sector.

           

TOP 3 LIFE GOALS
1.  Be a father. When I was diagnosed with leukemia, the doctors were fearful that I probably wasn’t going to be able to do so based on my state of health (not the exact thing you want to hear as a 23 y.o. male with your fiancé in the room). It was motivation to not just beat leukemia, but be healthier than I ever have been. Having accomplished that, whenever we think about children it will be even more gratifying to bring life into this world.

2.  Be an innovator in the health and wellness world, helping both the patients that walk into our clinic but also on a larger scale helping people optimize their health and hopefully prevent diseases and sickness.

 

3.  Build a life to where we experience all the beauty of the world. I hope we have freedom, whether you want to take that as financial, time, or any other way, to ‘clock- out’ on the stressors of life and continually connect with my life. 


 

BIGGEST TAKE-AWAYS FROM YOUR CANCER EXPERIENCE:
We can conquer things that we may not even know are possible. While I set out to beat cancer and continue living my life, I didn’t know that it was going to be such a moving experience as far as inspiring me daily to be a better person. It is like I have a new shade of sunglasses on, more optimized, clearer, things are in fuller colors, etc. after cancer, and I am not going to let that go away. I am also realize how powerful a smile can be, whether it was the doctor who encouraged me to keep going with a smiling face or seeing another person in the clinic down that day and trying to uplift them with a smile knowing what they are going through. I am so invigorated to live life and want to extend that to everyone, regardless of what they have been through.

 

 

 



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