Editor’s Note: With the 2009 USANA International Convention — the Best Live Event in America — set to begin next week, we asked several employees, Associates, and friends of USANA to share their most memorable convention moments. Below, David Osmond, a frequent singer at USANA conventions and an avid product user, shares his favorite moment. Please visit What’s Up, USANA? between now and convention to read others’ favorite moments and feel free to share your own in the comments.
I’ve had the privilege of performing at the USANA Convention many, many times over the last decade. WOW… am I that old? 🙂 I’ve had so many fun memories being there and spending time with some dear friends over the years. Everyone from Dr. Wentz and his family, to my good friend Denis Waitley, and of course, to many of you. We’ve become like family!
One particular memory I have of Convention will always remain very special to me. It was the middle of September 2006. At this time in my life I was struggling a lot with a physical challenges. I had then recently been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, and being unable to move my legs at all, had to rely on a wheelchair to get around.
The night before Convention, USANA enabled my wife (then-girlfriend) Valerie and myself to arrive at one of our favorite locations in Midway, Utah. Here I had arranged a private candlelit dinner on a gazebo over a flowing stream. Candles lit the pathway to the gazebo, her favorite dish was prepared, it was a beautiful mountain summer night, and her favorite flowers were in the center of our table.
The perfect setting for a romantic evening… AND… a proposal.
I had a ring hidden in the middle of the flowers for her. I fell onto my knee as best I could and asked if she would be mine forever. By some crazy chance of fortuitous luck she actually said YES! 🙂
The next day my fianceé and I were to perform “Breaking Free” from High School Musical. The USANA crew assisted me onto the stage and pre-set me on a chair in the dark. The lights came up and we started to perform the song in front of the thousands of people there. While we were performing, a flood of emotions came over me. The lyrics seemed to be perfectly written just for us at that moment. “We’re soaring… Flying. There’s not a star in heaven that we can’t reach. If we’re trying… So we’re breaking free!”
I’ll never forget that moment. Tears practically filled my eyes as I thought about everything the two of us had been through over the previous year. We knew that we were always going to get married. We were just distracted with trying to figure out what was actually going on with me.
We were married the following year, in April of 2007 and I have been walking since our wedding day. In fact, on paper I’m not supposed to be walking… but I am. I am not out of the woods with MS. I do feel it every day. But I believe in miracles. I feel that every day, too. With every step I take I feel I am “breaking free.”
We recently celebrated our second anniversary this past April. And with it… we also celebrated the joyous birth of our daughter Saffron! She is 3 1/2 months old, just gorgeous, and full of life. She is another reason I believe in miracles. She’ll be with us at the USANA Convention next week to celebrate and I can’t wait to introduce her to you all. This year is sure to be one of the most memorable Conventions ever!