Gator & Boy in Wheelchair

I love Tim Tebow, the University of Florida’s quarterback, not because I am a football fan, but because of what he stands for. A young man with deep spiritual convictions, Tim lives what he believes. Athletically gifted, he is a hero to college football enthusiasts…especially to Boomer, a seven-year-old boy with cerebral palsy. The following story touched my heart.

Huge Gator fan gets experience of a lifetime as he meets his hero

“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.” ~Arthur Ashe~

I think I have just become a Gator fan. Boomer’s story recruited me.

Fox & Reeve

“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”
~Christopher Reeve~

“One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but cannot be taken away unless it is surrendered.” ~Michael J. Fox~

I met Christopher Reeve and Michael J. Fox on ‘big screen’ dates with my son. Superman II had his four-year-old face flushed with super-hero excitement and mine with female appreciation of Reeve’s crystal baby blues.

Pizza Hut and Back To The Future was another mutual date-night hit…Marty McFly, time travel fantasy mixed with action, comedy, and romance, topped with mushrooms and pepperoni.

I loved both of these actors, experiencing the thrill of the stories and characters they portrayed, a pretend world where good always overcomes evil. Fate dealt both actors a cruel blow…a tragic accident, a cruel diagnosis…indiscriminate reality.

Good may not always overcome evil, but attitude, purpose, and perseverance can. I watched both actors live as the heroic men they were/are…megastars of hope, encouragement, and courage. Living my own tragedy, I became a raving fan.

I listened to Reeve’s candid interviews and future visions. With my SPS symptoms, I can relate to frozen immobility, understand a world with wheels. Some of my SPS pals need a chair. A picture of Christopher and his son are displayed by my computer…a reminder of what ONE can do ‘in spite of’ adversity.

Fox speaks about his progression of Parkinson’s, the loss of mobility functions, and planning activities around medication peaks. I plan my day around my prescription windows of opportunity.

Both men inspire me with their candor, hope, and advocacy. Celebrity status has given both men a stage to showcase everyday heroes who live with physical or mental challenge, a spotlight on needed research for the dark world of disabling conditions.

Christoper Reeve’s hope lives on through his foundation. Michael J. Fox has the largest Parkinson’s nonprofit. Fox has an upcoming television special:


Michael J. Fox: Adventures of an Incurable Optimist airs Thursday, May 7 on ABC.

“For everything this disease has taken, something with greater value has been given,” Fox says. “So, sure, it may be one step forward and two steps back, but after a time with Parkinson’s, I’ve learned that what is important is making that one step count.”


““You’ve got to give more than you take.”
~Christopher Reeve~

“I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God’s business.”
~Michael J. Fox~

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