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Scott Sandler Scott Sandler father. papa. daddy.

After enduring an incredible tragedy, architectural photographer Scott Sandler started Rachel's Registry to help cancer patients more easily find current and pertinent clinical trials. [www.rachelsregistry.com]

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I go to the cemetery at least every other Sunday. I sit with her. I talk to her. I miss her. My daughter Rachel had just graduated from the University of Arizona when she was diagnosed with a very rare cancer. Seven months later, she passed away.

The one solace I have is that when Rachel was alive, she was so full of life. Not a day went by that she didn’t have a good time. She never let the little things get in her way. At only 22, Rachel had lived a very full life and I’m so thankful for that.

It was obvious by the way Rachel lived that her family and friends were the most important part of her life. During her final weeks, Rachel probably had two hundred friends visit her. People were there around the clock. Her friends decorated her room with pictures of recent college days. Believe it or not, for three weeks, it was one big party.

Rachel taught me the true importance of friends and family. In the end, that’s all there is, really. 400 to 500 people attended Rachel’s funeral. Cars just kept coming and coming. It was standing room only. A friend of hers told me, “Rachel was an angel and she was put on this Earth to touch people’s lives and make them smile and make them happy.” If you listen to her friends talk about her and see the pictures, you know that’s exactly what she did.

As a result of this tragedy, I’ve reshaped the way I look at things. I accept people the way they are. I don’t sweat the small things any more. Rachel could be the most unorganized, sloppy person. There were four-year-old food wrappers in her car. I’d get mad and say, “We spent a ton of money on this thing. Keep it clean!” She’d reply, “But the car still runs great.” That was the big picture. She didn’t sweat little details. When I went to clean the car before I sold it and saw all the crap in there, instead of getting mad, I just laughed.

Rachel never did anything to disappoint me, by any stretch of the imagination. Still, I tried to change her. I’m an organized, black-and-white guy and I tried to make her more like me, but that just wasn’t her. We must love our kids for who they are. Don’t try to change them. I’ve learned this lesson, but it came at a big price.

– Scott Sandler

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