Holidays are difficult, but not this one. Thanksgiving is about thankfulness, love, comfort, gratitude, blessings, family. All of these things, in abundance. Our tragedy has not jaded us. We have not let it taint our ability to feel and nourish joy. Sloan’s life was about so much more than what happened to him. His story changed lives, and continues to every day. His story brought people together, taught lessons, nudged forth the desire to try harder in all aspects of life. He reminds people to appreciate, cherish, and be present. He reminds me every minute, of every day, that great things can come from the very worst things. We did not fall apart because of what happened to him, no. We kept going because of what happened to him. So on this day, I am thankful in every way.