Last April, we teamed up with The Ellen Degeneres Show and played Sorry! Spin on set with one luck winner. Ellen then invited her viewers to join BUCKiTDREAM and enter for their own chance to win $20,000 in cash to make their own bucket list come true. We’re beyond thrilled to announce that 27 year old, Ashley Sagar, from Modesto, California is our 2016 winner for Buckitdream’s Ellen $20,000 to Live Your Dreams Contest. She has won $20K to achieve anything on her bucket list and we can’t wait to follow her journey!
We recently interviewed Ashley to learn more about her story and what’s she’s done to chase her dreams. We found out that she was diagnosed (for second time!) with a brain cancer tumor and will begin her treatment in the coming weeks. But more importantly, we also found out that Ashley has never let her health condition stop her from achieving new heights in life. At the age of 23, she became one of the youngest people in her banking office to be promoted to Assistant Manager. While she is taking time to get treatment, Ashley is buckitdreaming and remains in good faith that she will be able to follow her dreams and truly live life to the fullest. Truly inspiring! Check out our interview with her down below:
Q. What do you enjoy doing for fun?
I currently spend my time traveling as much as I can. It helps me ease my pain and stress which allows me to feel very strong, confident, and positive. I also love to dance and take chances on everything. I live a spontaneous life & one with no regrets.
Q. Where does your inspiration come from?
I surround myself with friends who are loving and supportive. One of my best friends who has been here for me since day one and has never left my side and continues to be an inspiration in my life is my other half, Rohitesh Chandra. Currently, he’s a medical student & he understands my health conditions. He has always showed me so much love and care being side by side to all my doctor appointments and throughout emotional stages I have been going through thus far.
My other biggest inspiration and role model is Ellen Degeneres! She has been the funniest, & most caring human-being I have ever seen on TV. I don’t go a day without watching her shows. My 4PM’s are dedicated to her. I love her so much and she has touched everyone’s lives, including mine. She helps me stay positive and keep moving forward with life regardless of any news I get from my doctors. I see so many people on her show who have it worse then me, and she lifts their spirits so high. I find my courage through her. I do my best to help others just like her, motivate people to keep their head up, smile and know that no matter what illness, financial crisis, relationship, etc. binds you are in, stay positive and keep going. Never give up hope.
Q. How did you feel when you found out you won the contest?
When I found out that I won the BUCKiTDREAM Ellen contest, I was surprised and very emotional. The first thing I did was call my best friend Tesh and asked him if I was dreaming lol …He was very happy for me.
Q. What do you plan on doing with your winnings from the contest?
Something I plan on doing with my winnings is to visit places on my bucket dream list, and I also plan on helping a child out in MAKE A WISH FOUNDATION.
Q. What is one of your top buckitdreams on your bucket list?
The top of my bucket list is to meet my idol Ellen DeGeneres. I have been wanting to do this for a long time. She will always be on the top of my bucket list.
Q. What is your most memorable bucket list experience so far?
My biggest and most memorable bucket list dream so far is having been able to go horse back riding in Monterey on the beach, and visiting Chicago to see Millennium Park where Ellen sent some viewers on trunk or dreams.
Q. Do you have any advice to dreamers as they chase their dreams?
The advice I would give to other dreamers that are chasing their dreams is to always believe, love yourself, have faith in God, surround yourself with positive people, and lastly never take defeat!
To follow Ashley on the BUCKiTDREAM app, go to: http://www.buckitdream.com/ashksg29.
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