Imagine this ... a banker turned non-profit leader trekking the South Pole over Christmas.
You might be wondering what in the world I'm doing, and sometimes, I wonder the same thing about myself. But deep down, I'm grounded by a higher mission, a greater purpose.
I'm driven to do something beyond myself, to raise awareness for a cause much bigger than all of us.
Cancer hits close to home for so many, and my family is no exception. In 2016, my mother lost her battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
She was given only a few months to live, but fortunately, I was able to be by her side during those last few precious moments. And during that time, I made a few promises to her that I am determined to keep.
Firstly, she told me to find a better work-life balance. As a workaholic (and yes, I still am), she knew the importance of putting family first. My wife, Lily, and our family should always be at the forefront of everything I do. And they certainly are (I hope Lily would agree).
Secondly, she asked me to take care of my dad. Being an only child, I've made it a point to stay connected with my father, who still resides in Hawaii. I cherish our bond, and he will be one of the first people I see once my South Pole trek is complete.
Lastly, my mother urged me to do something for the greater good. She acknowledged my successful corporate career in banking but wanted me to redirect my efforts toward giving back in a different way.
That's how I ended up taking over a non-profit cancer organization in Australia, where my family and I have been for the past several years. Knowing that I have turned this organization around and set it on the right path fills me with immense pride.
And from there, the whirlwind continued. I now sit on the boards of multiple cancer charities worldwide, each playing a critical role in the collective mission of raising funds for cancer research.
So here I am, embarking on this new challenge, venturing into uncharted territory. It's not just about the South Pole; it's about pushing boundaries, making a difference, and leaving a lasting impact. Together, let's defy expectations and spark change.
I hope you join us.