Limitless: Uplifting Stories About Runners
Every year on the first Wednesday of June, thousands of runners come out to celebrate National Running Day. This day was meant for those who want to perform their passion for running and those beginners who want to try something new. There are also people who have overcome great adversity just to enjoy running. OnlyGood.tv is taking this opportunity to celebrate this day and to cheer on those who just keep running no matter what their circumstances may be. Here are a few inspiring stories about people who won't let anything stop them.
Mother Runs Marathons with Daughter who has Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral Palsy is a congenital disorder that affects the body's movements and muscle coordination. For many, this disorder alters desire for physical activity, this however doesn't apply to Ari, who is confined to a wheelchair. Kelly, Ari's mother, began running with her in September of 2012.
She was unsure of her ability to push Ari, but once she crossed the finish line and saw the joy that came from her daughter, she knew that her effort was all worth it. Ari ended up loving it so much, she felt free: "Running makes my disability disappear". Team Ari has completed over 10 half marathons and is now training to compete in their first triathlon. This dynamic mommy- daughter duo has inspired both those who run and those who feel that they can't.
Mother Runs Marathons With Daughter Who Has Cerebral Palsy www.youtube.com
Meet Jack, An 11-Year-Old Who Runs His Way to Trophies and Medals With Prosthetic Legs
Jack Cunningham is a boy who was born with Bilateral Fibular Hemimelia. This is a rare condition where children born without the small bones in their lower legs. Unfortunately, this condition resulted in Jack's parents have to make the unthinkable decision of having to amputate his legs only at the age of 1. Since then, Jack has thrived, when the casts first came off he took the initiative to climb the steps, this one triumph soon foreshadowed all of Jack's victories. His parents knew that nothing was going to stop him.
By November, Jack had received his first prosthetic legs and by Christmas he was walking. With his drive, he went from walking to running and soon enough at only 11 years-old Jack participated in multiple sports and took off with them. Running became his passion and with the help of some organizations Jack was able to compete and win break records! He then moved on to triathlons and was able to conquer those as well. Jack's ultimate goal is to compete in the USA Paralympics. His friends and family have no doubt that he'll able to reach his goal and continue to push and inspire those around him.
Meet Jack, An 11-Year-Old Who Runs His Way to Trophies and Medals With Prosthetic Legs www.youtube.com
Former Addict Finds New High in Running
Living in happiness and embodying health is more valuable than any worldly possession. For Nick, the riches that he possessed at the young age of 24 just weren't enough. He turned to drug use and eventually hit 'rock-bottom'. By the time he lost everything he had, then he knew something had to give.
Nick found a Baltimore based community organization; Back on My Feet, that works with recovering individuals such as himself and also the homeless and previously homeless. Jaclyn Range who leads the organization, starts members with team warm-ups, long-distance group running and exercises. This alternative to rehab gave Nick a new purpose in life, he has now been clean for close to a year and a half and seems to have substituted his past desires for a different kind of high: endorphins.
Former Addict Finds New High in Running www.youtube.com
Two-time Boston Marathon Runner, Josh Carr didn't let vision impairment stop him, it was the reason he continued one of his many passions: running. Always supported by family, his father would assist Josh with training since past hobbies, like archery and shooting, weren't feasible for his worsening condition of Choroideremia; a hereditary retinal degeneration that affects mostly males and starts at a young age. Him and his father were on the right track and connecting better than they ever have, sadly two weeks after a successful marathon, Josh's father was hospitalized and later passed. His mother's passing followed soon after. Even though some things have come to an end in his life, Josh's hope, physical strength, passion for running and Blind Runners Blog still continues on.
Running Blind www.youtube.com
Researched and reported by OnlyGood TV Intern Pamela Diaz
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