Giving back….

I recently covered an event at Variety Village, where hundreds of young college and university students gathered to hear and learn about inclusion in sports, how people with disabilities can overcome obstacles and achieve what most able bodied people can’t or will never attempt. My brother is a double arm amputee and his stories of the days and years after his accident still keep my riveted and it’s been over 30 years. Maybe because I was there and lived through it with him or maybe it’s simply because his achievements in life are truly awe inspiring. Along the way I have had the opportunity to meet some very interesting people and hear and learn from their stories too. During the event, I have to admit…I kind of found myself not doing my job, usually you tune out what is being said so you can focus on capturing the event visually, but I found myself planted in one spot hanging on their every word. One of the guests, Rick Hansen is a big advocate for people with disabilities and has certainly helped change the way the world sees people with disabilities. Just like any cause or any fight we hold dear to our hearts, there are challenges, there are stumbling blocks and there are those who resist change. But we can never stop demonstrating the change we want to see, even when we fall down…because that like anything in life just means you must get back up, dust yourself off and keep going.

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