The inspiration that I have for everything I do,
It comes from the stories told by each and every one of you.
A story told, to me it's a lesson gained.
So when one of you tells me how you've been hurt, I too feel the pain.
I have to give thanks to Rosalinda and Dave.
Because without them, my life wouldn't have changed.
They've given me knowledge to grow from a boy to a man.
Before Alpha I had nothing. Now I have a plan.
And Cathy and Damian, I thank you for everything you do.
For all the times you've said it, on behalf of the Alpha Program, we love you too.
I feel that because of all of you, I am the person I am today.
That's why I love all of you in some special way.
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