Anyone need some inspiration?
Here are 3 stories of love…love of neighbor, romantic love, and parental love. I cried like a baby at each, which isn’t really saying much–I’m a huge wuss.
First up…a young man with a developmental disability gets his shot…literally. There have been stories like this before, but you have to watch this one to believe it.
“I was raised to treat others the way you want to be treated.” Absolutely beautiful.
Next, a story out of New Orleans:
Courtesy of Today News…
Four months ago, Monique Koll was in a hospital bed, wondering if she would ever walk again. The Louisiana woman had suffered a severe spinal cord injury when a motorist struck her while she was riding her bicycle, and doctors originally weren’t sure she’d survive.
On Sunday, Koll was back on her feet,crossing the finish line of the Rock ‘N’ Roll New Orleans Half Marathon with the help of her boyfriend who has been with her every step of the way. Koll, 35, slowly and steadily made it across the finish line while she held the left arm of Nick Zaunbrecher, 31, who had pushed her in a wheelchair for the entire 13-mile race up to that point.
“I was crying,’’ Koll told TODAY.com. “I thought I hid it from everybody, but then the cameras caught it. I didn’t know how emotional it would be. Nick was amazing. He pushed that wheelchair over those crazy New Orleans streets for 13 miles. For him to be able to help me walk across the finish line, it was just crazy.’’
The photo by New Orleans Times-Picayune photographer Kathleen Flynn of Zaunbrecher helping Koll across the finish line went viral on Monday after a friend posted it on Reddit, but the couple says they weren’t even planning to end the race that way. Koll and Zaunbrecher had initially planned that she would use her walker to cover the final hundred feet to the finish line. However, the pair found themselves an hour ahead of their projected pace and didn’t know if the person who was supposed to meet them on the racecourse with Koll’s walker would be there by the time they reached that mark. They concocted a new plan on the spot.
“She just needs help with balancing, so I just gave her an arm to let her get over (the finish line),’’ Zaunbrecher told TODAY.com. “It was really thrilling. I was exhausted at that point in the race, but it was a very emotionally-charged moment. I was just there to help.’’
Lastly, a story that is now near and dear to my heart…a story of a boy fighting for his mom (who just happens to have multiple sclerosis). All together now, “Aawwwww.”
Shemar Moore is an actor with a pretty impressive resume. He currently stars on my favorite TV show, Criminal Minds. Apparently, when he’s not looking for serial killers, Moore is busy speaking out for Multiple Sclerosis. He is an Ambassador for The National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
From the National Multiple Sclerosis Society website…
Several years into his acting career, Marilyn, Shemar’s mother, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Shemar told People: “She’s always been superwoman, but now she’s met her kryptonite.”
During the summer of 2006, Shemar discovered his own way to join the movement and move us closer to a world free of MS, when Criminal Minds crew member and professional cyclist John Hatchett approached Shemar about putting together an MS 150 Bike Tour (now Bike MS) team.
The Criminal Minds team grew to 15 members, including Shemar’s co-stars Mandy Patinkin and Thomas Gibson. Hatchett helped the team gear up for the ride, by organizing training sessions with stationary bikes during lunch breaks on the set. On Oct. 21, 2006, Shemar and his team rode 100 miles, raising more than $20,000 for MS research and programs.
Shemar told People: “It was a challenge: ‘Can you ride 100 miles for MS?’ and my answer was: ‘I’d run 100 miles for my mom!'” Shemar rode again in 2007 and continues to boost Bike MS by talking it up with Ellen DeGeneres, TV Guideand radio hosts, and he’ll be in Neurology Now magazine soon.
For the whole story, go here.
Be still my beating heart! I love a man who loves his Mom! (In a healthy way of course. I’m not talking Norman Bates here.) The fact that he is a spokesperson for MS, my newfound friend, is just a plus. But, who wouldn’t be touched by this:
So, there it is…three stories of love. You may have seen one or all of these, I know the top two have gone viral in my local community. There’s no harm in sharing again, right?
All stories are different, yet the same. We can all make a difference in this world, whether it’s to one person or many. But, even if you’re just making a difference for one person, isn’t that worth it?
Go out. Love. Inspire.