At my most recent visit to MUSC Children’s Hospital I had the chance to meet Alex “Smiles” Arrieta, an amazing young man fighting two different types of cancer.

Alex has been comforted by a stuffed lamb he has had since he was a baby, and has started Lambs for Life with his dad — to make sure every kid fighting cancer has a stuffed lamb to help them in their fight.

Alex’s strength is great, and it is so moving that he continues to think of others through his own fight. My prayers are with him and his family, and with so many children who through their spirit, their strength and their smile, show us all that no matter what, we must continue working to make this world a better place.