Samaritans With Disabilities
Samaritans with disabilities are “heaven sent”. Having a disability is often seen as a curse, when in fact – these people are the strongest and most compassionate souls you are likely to meet. Here are stories about Samaritans with disabilities that are making a difference.
- Nick Vujicic
Many of you have probably seen many ads on television or social media starring this exceptional man. Vujicic was born without his limbs. The motivational speaker had his fair share of ridicule at an early age but chose to rise up like a phoenix out of the ashes.
This icon has gone on to live a life only a few of us can dream of. Vujicic not only has overcome his own disability but now he is showing others the way.
Talking in over 57 countries on topics such as positive change, bullying, and persistence and never giving up, he is sharing his journey and helping people with disabilities.
Vujicic tweeted a message to the world, a great man, with even greater faith.
“Its time to act. “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”
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- Michael J. Fox
The famous “Back to The Future” actor had no idea what was in store for his future. In 1991, the actor was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease – but kept it a secret for seven years. In 1998, he announced his disability and started helping people with disabilities – the Campaign for increased Parkinson’s research was launched the same year.
Like most Samaritans with disabilities, he has many fantastic and inspirational quotes:
“I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God’s business”
“Optimism is a cure for many things.”
- Ralph Braun
Although this accessible vehicle pioneer has passed away, his legacy helping people with disabilities lives on. The Braun Corporation founder, aptly named “a champion of change” by previous US president Barack Obama, was passionate about bringing independence and mobility to people with disabilities. Diagnosed with muscular dystrophy in 1947, medical professionals told his parents he would never become independent – boy did he prove them wrong.
So, I will end with a quote from the late Ralph Braun, the Samaritan with disabilities who inspired, changed and above all used his disability for the positive.
“When I was growing this business, I had two strikes against me. I was young, and I was what the population calls disabled. I never let that stand in my way. I just had to walk the extra mile, or roll the extra mile in my case.”