When I received an email from my alma mater asking to profile me for an upcoming story, I saw it as a great opportunity to brag- not about me, but about my mentors.
Sunday was Eric Lowen’s 60th birthday. While many would be fretting, wondering “how did I get to be this old?!”, Eric is savoring entering into this next decade.
Eric and his lifelong friend, Dan Navarro, are singers. Perhaps best know for writing the song “We Belong” (made popular by Pat Benatar in 1984), this duo has traveled the world singing, loving and living life to its fullest.
A longtime fan of this group, I had the pleasure of actually meeting them on June 1, 2001. Since then, I am honored to say, we have remained friends.
On March 17, 2004, Eric was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease (known in the medial community as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). The average prognosis is 3-5 years after diagnosis.
Over 7 years later, Eric’s passion for life and the people in it abound. As Dan said to Eric “Congratulations, dude, on finding the secret to life…amassing a raft of great friends by first and foremost being a great friend.” I think this is wonderful advice for us all.
May we learn from Eric to appreciate every second of life, even when times are tough. And focus on what is important: love!