Diagnosed With Cancer, He Was Ready to Give Up. He Left His Despair and Now Brings Others Hope.

Jon McAlpin knew he was going to die of cancer. And if he was going to die, he figured “why wait?” It is, sadly, a not uncommon feeling among those who must face the disease. But Jon’s doctor said something that changed his outlook: “The end of your life doesn’t have to be the end of the world.” So Jon shares that reality, day in and day out, at the cancer center where he receives chemotherapy. As fellow patients enter, Jon welcomes them in while keeping their despair out. As the door greeter, he is perhaps the hospital’s most important employee. See despair turn to hope (and spread) in the clip below.

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Michael Harrell is a former staff member and current volunteer at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Federal Way, Washington. A blogger by hobby and social media manager by trade, he continues to teach the faith to ninth graders when he's not busy watching movies or theatre. He loves the Seattle Mariners, and his wife wants you to know he's married. You can follow him on Twitter.