Thoughts from 36,000 ft

I'm about half an hour into my flight to DC, and wow am I excited! Within the next hour, I'll set foot in the place that I'll hopefully leave my mark on in the next 6 weeks. I still can't believe I'm on my way to work as an intern for Kids V Cancer and lobby for the RACE for Children Act; I keep pinching myself to make sure this isn't all a dream! This opportunity is unlike any I've ever had before, and I feel so blessed that all the plans fell into place the way they did.

I had long been searching for a summer internship involving medical research, but none of the fish were really biting there. Then, Pat Pat (more commonly known as Patti Gustafson) called me up in March and told me she found the PERFECT internship for me. She told me Kids V Cancer was looking for an advocacy intern--and before she could finish her sentence, I was online applying. For anyone who isn't familiar with Kids V Cancer, I encourage you to go check them out because they are the epitome of everything a pediatric cancer foundation should be; they're total nonprofit celebrities!

I couldn't believe it when I got an email from them to arrange a phone interview. When the phone call occurred, I must've sounded like a little kid at Disney World because I was just so thrilled to be associating with some of the nation's top childhood cancer advocates. You can imagine my reaction, then, when I got the email offering me the position! I honestly don't think I've stopped smiling since then.

With help from Pat Pat, my wonderful mama, and Elena at Kids V Cancer, I found the family that I will be staying with for the duration of my internship. I can't thank this family enough for so graciously opening their home to me (in exchange for babysitting their absolutely adorable kids). There were so many players in making this internship happen for me, and I'm just so grateful to all of them.

It's gonna be tough being away from my friends and family again after just getting home from college, but I know this is what God meant for me to do at this time in my life. I can't wait to do His work in DC and help all the kiddos out there who are fighting for their lives. Ultimately, that's what this is all about. I'm going to help children with cancer. I'm going to be their advocate. I'm going to be the voice for the voiceless (inspired by Bridget). I'm going to honor Michael. I'm going to make a difference.

As you can probably tell, it was quite a long journey to get to this snug middle seat 6,000 feet in the air, but I know the greatest journey of all is the one that lies before me. I invite you to tag along on my adventure by following the Swifty Foundation on Facebook and checking my blog at www.swiftyfoundation.org. Be on the lookout for updates on my journey!