Appreciation Speech “She Started It” — Los Angeles

Photo by Gina Clyne

Good evening,

I hope you all enjoyed the movie, this is only the second time I saw this movie, and it is still indeed a very hard movie for me to watch.

My name is Thuy — yes, the crazy one that you saw in the movie, still the white dress, with a little different design. It’s my honor standing here in this theatre to say a few words with you all. The first time I saw this threatre was April last year, showing “Sweet 20” — the Vietnamese blockbuster by my two dearest friend, with the help of Alex. I dreamed of one day, I would have a chance of showing this movie to my beloved Mom, and tonight I did.

This is a very special occasion for me and my family, and we have dozen of friends flew over with me from Bay Area, East Coast, and even Asia. Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to say a few words of appreciation to my loved ones.

This movie has been had over 100 screenings around the world already. However, this is my very first time appear in a screening. On the world premiere day of the movie, I was confirmed with last stage of lung cancer. The Thanksgiving of 2016 was the one that I most look forward, because I could have been easily my last.

On the Thanksgiving, I wrote a note to myself about a few things that I appreciate.

First of all, I’m thankful for being a Trojans. In my entire entrepreneur journey, as you all have seen, I always co-founded my company with another Trojans. USC is where I’ve met my co-founder Elliot Lee, although the business go through different stages, success and failure, his family has always been part of my family and I’m so happy to see them here today as well. Furthermore, when I had the first tumor in my body, I was 21. Luckily, USC Health Center sent my directly to USC Norris and had my tumor remove very quickly. Therefore, the minute I knew that I have cancer, I want to go back to USC — because this is my home. Once you’re a Trojans, you’re Trojans for Life!

Secondly, I feel thankful for being an American. Therefore 150,000 Vietnamese people who got diagnosed with cancer every year, and more than 300 of them passed away on any given day. Would they have the options coming to the US for having better treatment? Likely not. If they got a visa, can they afford the health care cost of the US? Likely not. Therefore, I must say thank you to my auntie and uncle who risked their life as teenager to go on the boat, cross the ocean to look for the brighter future of our family in 1979. Many boat people never made it to the US, and we’re incredibly lucky to be here all together.

Last but not least, I feel grateful to be born. Me — standing here today is the entirely miracle — because on the day I was born, my mom had some complication during her delivery. The risk of me dying before death and being born are just matter of a few seconds difference. At the age of 41, my mom took a huge risk to deliver me with through a C-Session operation. Knowing that for the fact, I promised myself to make the most out of this precious life that she gave me.

Cancer has gave me a whole new perspective in life. Through all the craziness of my entrepreneurial journey, what matters most in my life were not how many products I have built, how many companies I have sold, how many people I have trained, but simple things like being born, being an American, and being a Trojans. Many of you who are sitting in this theatre today — you all have those three most precious things, please don’t take them for granted!

Once again, thank you very much for coming to see my movie, and I hope you all the best for your next journey.

Thank you to Mark Jacobstein and Guardant Health for sponsoring the reception of this event!

-Thuy Muoi, March 22, 2017-