An event very near and dear to my heart has been scheduled for Friday, February 22nd, 2013. A good friend, Mr. Steve Beauchamp, has organized a day of action in memory of his daughter, Tessa. Steve is a pillar in the basketball community, which is how I came to know him, and has always stood for bringing people together and trying to give back to make our world a little closer. I have had the great pleasure of playing for and with Steve, and know him to be a gentleman of the highest character. Though I did not know his daughter personally, I followed her courageous story from a distance and was heart-broken to hear of her passing one year ago this January 27th. Steve is an incredibly hard-working and giving personality and has obviously instilled these values in his family, as demonstrated by the story of Tessa. On February 22nd, people are encouraged to wear purple (Tessa's favourite colour) and attempt to raise as much money and awareness as they can for a charity of their choice (since charitable causes were important to her). The video clips above and below tell the story of Tessa and all she overcame and stood for in her short life. A truly inspirational person, the event is a great way to make a positive difference in the lives of others and to carry on the work initiated by Tessa, her family and many others like her. If you are interested in starting something for your school and/or community, please contact Steve or the Tessa Beauchamp Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about Tessa and the Foundation created in her memory, please go to the website here.