To Inspire. To Be Inspired. – 30 Stories on HKUST Faculty, Alumni and Students

91 His “VADPacks” backpacks are made to be stylish and practical for those looking to live life to the fullest, even if they have to carry medical devices around. The VADPacks came in extrahandy when KJ himself was getting ready for university, and realized he would need a durable bag that could ensure even weight distribution while withstanding the weight of his machines and other personal belongings. Driven to achieve personally and professionally, KJ has interned with a finance company (his goal being to build a future career in finance); completed a 24-hour jogging race to raise awareness of slavery; and spoken to corporations, organizations, and community groups about framing failure, using the law of attraction, and finding positivity. During his time at HKUST, KJ was formally recognized for his work as an advocate, receiving a Roy To Community Service Award — an award named after the late Roy To, an alumnus who devoted his life to serving the community. While KJ doesn’t know what the future holds for him, he continues to work towards his aspirations, never giving up. His optimism powers his spirit, just as the LVAD powers his heart, and he wakes up every morning with “an attitude of gratitude” that all of us can learn from.