My mom and my brothers Christopher and David are my biggest inspirations. My mom Sherrin passed away in 2008 after a short but undetermined illness. I think her illness spurned me to start trying to get healthier. Perhaps it was simply the powerlessness I felt at that time, but it still pushes me to continue to work on my fitness and overall health. Christopher, a U.S. Army veteran passed away from lung cancer in May 2014. My brother David, a United States Air Force veteran, has been ill on and off for the last few years with a rare and debilitating disease called Polyarteritis Nodosa (PAN).