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Definitely an inspiration…

Monday, January 15th, 2007

So, I just stopped at Ohio.com (The Beacon Journal) to see today’s stories. The top local story stopped me dead in my tracks. The photo above it was a familiar face. It was Andy.

Andy was injured — well that word doesn’t quite begin to cover it — two years ago today, apparently, in an industrial accident. He lost the entire bottom half of his body, pretty much from his waist down. Today’s is a follow-up story about how he’s doing now.

I graduated from high school with Andy and shared several classes and activities with him. What makes the entire event so sad for me is that Andy was this ridiculously bouncy, spirited person. He and Dan used to rap Dr. Seuss rhymes and break dance to them in the cafeteria and hallways of my high school. He used to jump around doing cartwheels and back flips as the school’s mascot. He was also pretty much the funniest guy and never missed a chance to make a joke.

I have followed his progress a little since the accident. We were never great friends, but still it’s one of those topics that pops up when you run into other fellow grads. Plus, the Beacon has done several stories on the incident/his recovery. This article stopped me because it puts the world in perspective. How much he lost and yet how much he still has and gives. I hope he gets the help he needs.

QOTD: Life is either a daring adventure…

Monday, January 15th, 2007

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”
— Helen Keller