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Gear Testing

Haiti Earthquake (2010)WGNCLTV

So this is my first attempt at a blog.

I’ve been talking about doing this for awhile and now the chance to travel to Haiti at the end of the month has gotten me off my lazy bubble-goose and started writing. Right now I’m doing it all on my Droid phone so if some of the words are a little outta place, we can thank auto correct for that.

I’ve always been outdoorsy and after spending four years in the military, I think I’m fairly prepared for the trip. I got myself a new water bottle that has an insane water filter on it and a new bag for my personal gear. I’m making sure I can fit my clothes and toiletries all in a carry-on bag. I’ll need to check my cantankerous gear on the plane and figure, the less I check, the less they can loose. I’ve flown enough to learn things get lost when you really can’t afford to loose them.

I went on a camping trip the other day and was able to fit plenty in my bag but forgot to test out my water bottle. Maybe I should just dip it in the Chicago river and try it that way…
Either way, I leave in two weeks and can’t wait. It’s pretty much the only thing on my mind most of the day. I’m a videographer with WGN and I’m headed down there to cover a story that’s very important to me. I can’t wait. I’m traveling there with a very close friend, Randi Belisomo for the well dedication to her husband and my friend, Carlos.

He was CLTV's political reporter and was going to become a general assignment reporter at WGN but that had to be postponed when he was diagnosed with cancer. He put up one hell of a fight but unfortunately, after a year long battle, passed away two winters ago. Before he died however, the earthquake hit Haiti and he was really affected by it. Through Carlos, Randi, also a reporter with GN, became involved with the organization Living Water. They travel to impoverished nations and drill water wells helping to bring life back to the land and community.

I don’t mean to sound like an advertisement for them but what they do is amazing. What’s more amazing is that Carlos, so ravaged by cancer and the treatments to fight it, saw the coverage of the quake and thought of what he could do to help. As a cancer survivor myself, I have a good idea of how he felt on a day to day basis. I don’t know how to describe the misery other than to say it was physically the worst experience of my life, and that he could see beyond his own misery is amazing. I don’t know a lot of people that can see beyond themselves.

He was one of the best and brightest people I’ve known and I only hope the story we bring back does the people there and Carlos justice. Can’t wait to get started.

Stay tuned.

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