Friday, July 11, 2008

Inspiring Videos

Here are three video clips people have sent me recently that I thought you might find as awe-inspiring as I do. These are the kind of people I hope my kids think of as heroes as they grow up. What they all have in common is guts - sheer inner strength, fighting attitude, confidence, faith. No self-pity, no excuses.

Adam Bender, an eight-year-old boy who plays catcher for a Little League team. Amazing, since he has only one leg. He lost the other leg to cancer when he was just a baby.

Team Hoyt, a father-and-son team that competes in marathons, triathlons, and Ironman competitions. What's extraordinary is that the son, Rick, has cerebral palsy and cannot walk. His father carries him in a special seat up front as he cycles, pulls him in a boat as he swims, and pushes him in a wheelchair as he runs in all of these events. Together, they've completed 218 triathlons, 6 Ironman competitions and 65 marathons.

Rose Siggins, a woman who literally has half a body - her body ends at the waist, so no hips, no legs. Despite that, she's given birth to two children and looks after them, as well as her father who's suffering from emphysema and Alzheimer's. She drives herself everywhere, cooks and cleans for her family, fixes and races cars, and does everything a person with a whole body does.

Enjoy your weekend, running around on two legs, having conversations with your kids, and walking down the street without people staring and pointing at you.

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