Both of these stories are very inspiring. They both share in the human spirit overcoming all obstacles. These stories are especially inspiring because the person most involved is struggling with a challenge that none of us may ever have to face. DJ Gregory in Walk On in his condition, barely being able to walk, can muster up the courage and strength to walk over 900 miles in a single year, day after day. Most of us take walking for granted on a day to day basis, never thinking that much of it. But DJ knowing full well that many people are watching him on national television, can show his determination and strength in doing what physicians told him was impossible from birth. An impressive line I heard came from his father, it was something along the lines of, when we fail, we always say we need to get back on the horse and try again. Why should it be any different for him? That was in regards to him falling down often during his journey.
Pat Furlong was just as motivated to help fund the research to cure Duchenne Disease. Even though many doctors didn't even want to acknowledge Duchenne because of its rareity and the seemingly hopelessness of the disease, Pat Furlong persisted to bring it out to the public as a cause that needed attention. "To get past secretaries, she would impersonate a doctor on the phone, then arraive at meeting dressed for the part." She was willing to do whatever it took to get a meeting with people that she needed help from. At first she was motivated to save the lives of her sons, then it came to a point where she got to know many other people suffering from the disease and their loved ones. The motivation shifted to try and help everyone in need. To completly devote yourself to curing the "incurable" is an astonishing undertaking.