Change the Future by Impacting Lives Today

Change the Future by Impacting Lives Today

07.18.12 | By Jon Tripp

Jim would have been 64 this year. However, eight years ago today Orangeburg Department of Public Safety Police Captain James Myers was killed in a senseless act of violence at his farm in rural South Carolina.

I remember when I got the call - I was coming through the garage door having just returned from church that Sunday night.

What ensued was a dark experience for my entire family. So many life events and experiences Jim would miss out on. His daughter, grandkids, his wife - my sister.

This criminal cut short a life that had so much to offer and so much to experience. Life moves on but fond memories remain.

Jim's legacy is set in stone, but he can no longer positively impact the lives of those he served. Like Jim, there are so many people in this world that are doing so much to impact the well-being of others. And since my point of view comes from the healthcare - specifically the biopharmaceutical - industry, I cite those professionals with whom I'm affiliated.

Researchers, scientists, doctors and others are committed to helping others live better, healthier lives. Yet they can be challenged and, at times, discouraged by the amazing complexity of what they're trying to accomplish. And when milestones that change hundreds, thousands and even millions of lives are reached, they are too soon forgotten with the passing of time.

As you speed through life, I challenge you to slow down and appreciate all of the improvements that recent generations have been blessed to experience. Remember that the research, development and technology that brought those changes were neither quick, free nor easy.

Today I honor the memory of Jim Myers. He was my brother-in-law, but he was so much more: friend, leader, model and, above all, loved.

What are some of the milestones that have made a difference in your life - personal and professional?

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