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Hi I'm Phil

... but my friends call me Big Philly! ...or Dr Phil.

About Me

I found that the secret to success in life is gained by living honestly, eating slowly and lying only about your age. Oh,…and don’t forget a few laughs. I love people! I am a cancer survivor of over 8 years and the luckiest man I know. My favorite part, if you can say that about cancer, was realizing the blessings that I had and also making the people around me laugh. I have many memories and friends that came from some of life’s most serious moments. I found that happiness cures many diseases that Chemotherapy can only make worse. I'm currently pursuing a career as a Pediatric Oncologist, or basically a childhood cancer doctor. Since my childhood cancer days, I’ve always wanted to give back. I want to be that Doctor who makes a difference in another little kid’s life. I am a pretty normal guy, but I love being me! I have 5 awesome nieces and nephews and one of the best families. One of my best friends is blind and that keeps us all laughing. He reminds me of all that I take for granted. I have my problems too, but I learned that being different is not all that bad.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe that life is nothing more than a melting pot of experiences. The things that happen and especially the way we react to those happenings mold each of our characters every day. So…why am I Mormon? At a young age, I lost my best friend….. my Mom, to a heart attack. I found myself asking inside, “Why me?” “What next?” Through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I know that there is more to this life than simply birth and death. I know that God’s plan for us is to return with him and live with our family for the eternities. I know that I’ll see my mother again. I know that every problem that we face in life is only a small “piece” of what comes together to make us what God has in store. If you’re blind, if you have cancer, or even if you’re being blessed with success, don’t forget to use those pieces to make what God expects of us.

How I live my faith

I’ve enjoyed many opportunities that I’ve had to get to know my neighbors and the people around me. I speak Spanish and love it! I love to help all people in any way possible. I’ve had about 1 ½ years of fun teaching English as a second language classes to people from all over the world. I always try to do what is important and honest. I especially enjoy being part of my community by representing my local university and being heard.