After Cancer Scare, This Man Quit His Job After 25 Years to Make Shoes for Women

After 25 years as a phone repairman, one man quit his job to pursue a lifelong dream.

After 25 years as a telephone repairman, one man quit his job to pursue a dream following a cancer scare.

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Chris Donovan, 50, always loved shoes, so when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he left his job and applied to the renewed Polimoda Fashion Institute in Florence, Italy to create shoes for women. 

In a mini-documentary for the AARP series, "Fearless at 50", he said, “I got diagnosed with prostate cancer. It was caught very early and so it all worked out perfectly fine but it also taught me something. That you never know when your life’s expiration date is. I I’m got one time here and I gotta make the best of this.”

The American said: “I obviously didn’t look like a fashion student – I was mistaken for a janitor at one point.”

His passion became a nightmare when he was learning.

“The first three months were really, really tough because I wasn’t getting it. The teacher comes over as says that’s awful. …so you’re crude, do crude. And it started clicking,” he said.

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After two years at the school, he graduated and is currently begining a business around his artistic creations. 

Donovan’s story is not only inspiring, it proves that age is just a number when trying to achieve your dream.

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