As a small business owner of a The UPS Store location in Lyle, Ill., I try to connect with my community as much as I can. Whether it’s in the store, at a local event, or even in church, I do what I can to give back. Two years ago, when I went to Sunday service and offered a kid a job, I never knew how much he would end up giving back to me and all of those around us.
Nathan Weimer is no average 21-year-old. Born with cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease that causes mucus to build up and infect internal organs, Nathan has undergone a double lung transplant and kidney transplant, all by the time he was 16.
You would think this kind of adversity would get him down, but not Nathan. He has the kind of zest for life that can only come from someone who has faced the most challenging of situations. And he has done amazing things with his young life, like recently bringing home a bronze medal in bowling from the World Transplant Games in Sweden. He told me being able to stand on that podium waving America’s flag and receiving his medal is a moment he’ll never forget.