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Meet Stevie

February 13, 2011

Meet my brother Stevie.

Stevie was born with cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy in his legs. He has spent all of his 16 years of life confined to a wheelchair. He’s always had the desire to be able to run, jump, and play just like all the other kids in the neighborhood. I remember distinctly when my nephew had just began to walk; Stevie looked longingly at this nearly-two-year-old having the freedom of being on his feet and said, “I wish I could walk.”

Stevie is the family gem. He has the brightest and most positive attitude. He’s very smart and so heart warming. His love just beams from that radiant smile. All the ladies just think he’s so cute 🙂

Today was a big day for Stevie. About a year ago he received a new device that would help him live his dream of being able to walk one day. For the past several weeks he has been working really hard and diligently to be able to cover some ground in his walker, and today he did it!

He completed his first 1k around the neighborhood! My dad so kindly put together an official 1k event for Stevie and mapped out a course for him around the neighborhood. Nearly 20 close friends and family members gathered together to support Stevie along the course.

I was so proud to see Stevie cross that finish line today. It wasn’t easy for him, but he kept pushing. He was determined to make it to that finish line. With all the love and encouragement he completed the 1k in just under 40 minutes. What an accomplishment!

After Stevie’s victory we all enjoyed a BBQ together and were incredibly proud to witness Stevie’s achievement.

We could all learn a lesson from Stevie. Never take your health and your capabilities for granted, keep a positive attitude no matter what your circumstances are, and always push hard until the end.

Next time you’re out dreading your 5-mile training run think of Stevie and all others that would love to be in your shoes pounding that pavement.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. February 13, 2011 11:21 PM

    Wow that is just so incredible! He should be so proud of himself!

  2. Lori permalink
    February 14, 2011 12:13 AM

    Way to go Stevie!! That’s a huge achievement!!

  3. February 14, 2011 5:16 AM

    What an amazing story! What a HUGE accomplishment for Stevie! What terrific inspiration for all of us!

  4. February 14, 2011 8:09 AM

    I really don’t have the words to articulate what I’d like to say. So I’ll just say, thank you. Thank you for sharing Stevie’s story, so full of inspiration. What an amazing man!!! (and what a loving family – y’all rock!)

  5. February 14, 2011 7:52 PM

    WHAT and accomplishment! WTG, Stevie!

  6. February 15, 2011 3:43 PM

    I’m speechless. This is so touching. Your brother’s spirit is inspiring. Thank you for sharing this story.

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