They Inspire Us to Aspire
The community of people with disabilities is not short on heroes. There are people who, by letting nothing stand the way of achieving their goals, inspire others to meet their own obstacles head on. There are people who take action on behalf of others in need, or in defense of cause worth fighting. more
The world was rocked this week with the sad news of the passing Paralympian and Guinness record holder Angela Madsen. She died halfway through her solo ocean row from California to Hawaii.
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We find inspiration and heroism in the actions of people of all abilities—Paralympians, teachers, caregivers, scientists, performers, activists, innovators, families, artists, medical professionals and in regular people making extraordinary gestures.
Mountain climber Mark Wellman was the first paraplegic to scale Half Dome and El Capitan and now brings the adaptive climbing equipment that helped to make the feat possible to Abilities Expo where anyone can use it to scale a rock wall. Filmmaker Narcel Reedus created a poignant documentary to raise awareness that, even today, children with developmental disabilities are institutionalized. Karen Kain of Lorrin’s World, devoted mother to a unique child, now teaches others how to thrive as parents to children with special needs.
At Abilities Expo, one of our favorite inspirational stories is the one of young Alexander, an adorable five-year-old with Cerebral Palsy who visited the Expo with his mother and uncle. As they perused the aisles, the bright green KidWalk from Prime Engineering caught their eyes. This pediatric walker is designed to support much of the body weight, allowing a child to walk hands-free.
Alexander had to try it and, once he was strapped in, there was no stopping him. His mother was in tears as she watched her son walk hands-free for the first time. Everyone lucky enough to witness was moved by sight, including the guys from Sleepsafe Beds in a nearby booth who went ahead and bought the walker for little Zander.
Who are the heroes? The gentlemen from Sleepsafe who recognized the opportunity to make a profound difference in child’s life and acted without hesitation? The unstoppable Zander who, undaunted by his physical limitations, couldn’t wait to try something that would open up this world? Or Zander’s family whose love and support created new possibilities for their little guy.
We say all of them are heroes. It’s why we like the story so much.