He Believed in Me When I Didn’t Even Believe in Myself


“I just wanted to take a moment and tell you what an amazing individual you have in Nathan Thomas. This man has been a beacon of light, inspiration, and support in an otherwise very tumultuous time in my life (an experience I wish for no one to ever have to go through). Not only has he been extremely supportive, but also believed in me when I didn’t even believe in myself. He has become a big part of my success, and he has my respect and gratitude for just being an extraordinary human being. I definitely couldn’t have realized my potential without him. Let me just give a quick testament to which I am referring.

During graduation last night, I had the distinct pleasure of being able to walk with my wife, who also graduated from the nursing program. As we sat there during commencement, we had gotten texts from our family that they had left after we crossed the stage. Thinking nothing of it, we had proceeded to leave immediately after. As we were leaving, I hear a distant call of someone yelling “BRIAN!” I am sure you know that overnight, about a 1 ½ years ago, I lost hearing in my left ear. It was sudden and no one knows why. Anyway, I thought I heard my name, and turned around. It was Nathan! He had literally run from the stands and caught us on the other side of the stadium as we were walking out! Out of breath and wearing a huge smile. As he was trying to recoup from running the 200-yard dash, he hands me a card (one I’ve decided to frame as inspiration moving forward). It was from your organization and filled with congratulations. He congratulated me, and as we said our goodbyes and walked away, I turned to my wife and said, “That’s the kind of dedication he has exhibited throughout the entire process.

Anyway, it makes me feel better knowing people like him are out there in the world, and I hope you know, what a treasure you have in him.”

Brian J. Enriquez

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