Monthly Archives: July 2012

Who Needs A Gold Medal?

As the start of the Olympics draws near, we want to wish all of the participants the very best. They have worked hard and have reached the “top of their games” or they wouldn’t be on the US Olympic Team, competing for the Gold.

What is also important to remember is the fact that each and every one of us has something special about us too. We do not have to be perfect and in fact, often we are better when we are not perfect! We might have a talent with art or a curiosity with science. We might have the ability to show love or help someone understand that he or she is the be all and the end all. We might have a sparkle in our eyes that says we care. We might have the ability to make people laugh.

Whatever makes you tick or whatever makes you happy, remember that you are of value and you have the ability to change someone’s life in some way.

It doesn’t take a Gold Medal, a Silver Medal or a Bronze Medal to make you a winner. You don’t have to be perfect, you just need to do your best and be kind. That will make you a winner and very possibly, someone’s hero.

Our Hero: Spencer West

We have mentioned some of our heroes and today, we would like to share the story of our newest hero, Spencer West. This is the true story about a man who sets an amazing example that, If you believe it, you can achieve it. 

Spencer was born with a genetic disorder that required his legs to be amputated when he was five years old. At the time, his parents were advised that he “would never do too much with his life.” He was blessed to have parents who believed in him and supported his dreams.

Spencer certainly proved the doctors wrong because he has had a successful life as a motivational speaker and now, he accomplished the unbelievable!

West climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, the peak of Africa’s highest mountain, on his hands! He was accompanied by his two best friends on the summit. He promised that he would climb this mountain and he did. With bleeding fingers and blisters, he kept his promise and after seven days, he made it to the top.

To use his own words, “I set out to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro not only to redefine what’s possible for me, but to inspire others to overcome obstacles and challenges of their own, and to give back to communities, that need our help.

Reaching the peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro was the most mentally and physically challenging thing I have ever done, but in doing so, it reinforced the powerful message behind believing in yourself, and believing in others.”

Look at what his shirt says, Redefine Possible. If you know someone who has a “dif-ability” please share Spencer West’s story! Remember that parents shape the futures of their children. What kind of a difference are you making?

Photo: Erik Cleves Kristensen