I know I’m not alone when I say, Hannah was always someone who inspired me. Her courage and strength when facing one, if not, the most difficult challenge anyone can be put through, is something that is always able to help me come back to the surface when dealing with something that I think is hard.
The same way Hannah inspired me to change the way I look at life, she also inspired me in sports. Something we were both able to connect through was soccer. Soccer was and still is one of the best times of my life. I still remember watching her that day at the middle school field, just days after brain surgery. I couldn’t believe my eyes watching her run and play just as tough, if not tougher than every other player on the field. When she scored the game winning goal in double overtime it truly felt like a scene out of a movie; everyone went crazy! I just know how special that moment was for her, and for her to share it with all of us, makes it all the more special. Her strength and courage reflected that day as well, even just for getting on the field. She was never going let her battles stop her from taking part in the things she loved. I admire how Hannah treated life and how she was always focusing on achieving her next goal and never complained about the past. She truly was such a special person and even just knowing her is an honor.
Even now that Hannah is not here, I feel we still share an unspoken bond. Her battle cut her time with Robbie short and it's not even in question how difficult that was for her and him. But, after losing one, he gained four FOREVER sisters. I love Robbie like a brother and will always be there for him, the same way I would for any of my biological siblings. I know how much Hannah loved him and I’m forever grateful that I, along with my sisters, have been able to watch him grow and be here physically for him when she can only be there for him spiritually. I know she's looking down and is so proud of the person he is becoming, and it keeps my heart so warm. And I know that he knows how amazing his sister was as well.