When Pat Furlong learned that her son's had Duchenne she immediately took action. She did everything that she could to find a cure to help her children. She then realized that when more people were effected by this disease as well, she expanded her research and improved her persistence with the doctors to help not only her children but everyone's children who may have this disease. Even after her boys died, she didn't give up. Doctor Sweeney explains her persistence and drive on page 70, "I thought that, like most of the parents, Pay would never want to hear the name of the disease again- she would disappear, her organization would disappear, and that would be it. But, to my surprise, if anything she came back to me even more aggressive." Her persistence in such a hard time is very powerful and admirable.
Dj Gregory also had extreme persistence. Being told as a child that you would never walk is a hard concept to understand. Through many surgeries, Dj was able to learn to walk little by little. As he grew into his teen years, he wanted to play sports but due to his disability he could only play golf. He discovered a love for the sport and and play it even with bad legs. Every step he takes is a step of hope. His persistence to walk went so far as to make a goal to walk every hole of every round of the PGA tour in 2008. Remember, most golfers don't walk at all in the game of golf because of golf carts. However, a man who was told that he would never walk made a goal to walk over 900 miles! It might sound crazy but I find it very inspiring as did many golfers in the tour. "I won't let anyone tell me no," Dj said.
Both of these people are extremely inspirational and make us think about all of the things we take for granted. The fact that I can get place to place because I have full use of my legs is not something that I thank God for everyday. When Dj began to walk, he must have been extremely thankful. Pat also inspired me because she never gave up. Even many years after her sons died, she still was persistent in finding a cure.