Aaron is the sole male figure in his household. Combined with the everyday demands of high school, his mother is very sick, and he is in constant pain. He is constantly juggling his many responsibilities while trying to provide a better life for his family which includes his younger sister and mother. Aaron has been in and out of hospitals for several years now, having to undergo several “exploratory” surgeries in an effort to resolve his severe chest pains. Throughout all this, he barely complains and always tries to stay positive. His dreams of joining the military are now on hold and he oftentimes questions whether leaving his mother behind to fend for himself is the right thing for him to do. School has been tough for him and he lacks a social support system which makes his circumstances even more challenging, but he refuses to let these barriers stand in his way.