Monthly Archives: May 2010

Superman: Hero on Camera & in a Wheelchair

Rugby Dressed as Superman

Can you guess who my favorite hero is? Here is a hint. He said these words: “I am here to fight for truth, justice and the American way.” Did you guess?

Okay. Here is another hint: “He was faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.” Did you guess? Yup, it’s Superman.

Do you know why Superman is my hero? Well, it is for a few reasons.

In the movies and comic books, Superman took care of people who were being bullied by the mean people. He made sure that justice was served and he didn’t ever want credit. He kept his good deeds a secret. Superman just wanted to do what was right by helping those who needed help and justice.

Christopher Reeve was the actor who played Superman so brilliantly in the movies. Christopher Reeve was a very handsome man whose life went from playing Superman to living as a quadriplegic. After a horseback riding accident, Christopher Reeve needed a wheelchair and a machine to help him breath for the rest of his life but he still believed it and achieved it!

I want to be like Christopher Reeve because I respect who he was, what he did and what he is still doing. He created a foundation that helps people with spinal cord injuries.

Christopher Reeve is the real Superman even more than the character he played. Do you know why? Well, I’ll tell you. It’s because he had a way positive attitude, courage and kindness.

That hero of mine took what life handed him and made the most of it. He didn’t feel sorry for himself. He just turned those old lemons into lemonade just like I am trying to do.

I wish I could have met Christopher Reeve in person because I love him and all that he accomplished.

I know that he would have loved me too if he had met me. Don’t you agree?

Cerebral Palsy and Julia

Julia's drawing of Rugby Jones

My new friend’s name is Julia and I haven’t met her yet but she made this picture of me for me. How cool is that? Julia’s sister has severe Cerebral Palsy.

After Julia’s mom read my book to her kids, Julia’s mom wrote to my mom and this is what she said,

“My girls and I just loved the book about you. I read it out loud to them, & cried when you got hurt. I’m a softie. Julia (younger one) is drawing pictures of you. She keeps asking me how to spell your name.”

Debbie

My mom even shared Julia’s mom’s words with The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and they passed her words on.

Julia’s picture means the world to me because Julia cared enough to draw it and her mom cared enough to mail it to us.

Guess what? I am so happy that Julia and her mom and sister love my story and me. It must be so hard to have Cerebral Palsy and to be the little sister of someone with severe Cerebral Palsy.

I love this family so much and I sure hope that new technology can help Julia’s sister. It makes me happy to know that  my book is helping kids and adults see that we can overcome obstacles even when they are hard.  We just have to work hard with everything that God has given us and we have to believe that things will get better.  I’m sure you agree. You do, right?