People come in and out of our lives all the time. If you’re lucky every once in a while someone will not only come into your life but they will change your life for the better. I consider myself lucky because this has happened to me two years in a row. In 2011 when I was desperately seeking a new purpose in life after the diagnosis of Lou Gehrig’s disease someone filled that void by giving me the opportunity to not only express myself with words but also to go out in the world and educate and inspire others to make a difference in their own lives. Then in 2012 my life would change again when Steve Gleason would enter it. How often have you felt like taking the day off? One could say you’re just not motivated today. How motivated would you be if you had about 10 to 20% of a normal person’s energy level? Or perhaps your arms and legs don’t work and your speech is difficult. Trust me it is much easier to give up. As my condition worsened and fatigue set in much quicker, I found myself becoming more complacent and digging deep to find the motivation and inspiration to march on. Then I discovered what Steve Gleason was doing and more importantly how he was fighting his own battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease. I had discovered my inspiration. He did not know it but his desire to inspire had spread to Wisconsin. Steve along with his wife Michel, started a foundation called Team Gleason. The mission of The Gleason Initiative Foundation is to: 1. Help provide individuals with muscular diseases or injuries with leading edge technology, equipment and services; 2. Raise public awareness toward amyotrophic lateral sclerosis “ALS” by providing and documenting extraordinary life adventures for individuals with muscular diseases or injuries. It is also Steve’s mission to show that patients can not only live but thrive after an ALS diagnosis. In doing so, he hopes to inspire others to do the same. With a simple phone call from Steve and Michel last year, I was able to partake in a “rebirth” of my own along with my son Jacob on our extraordinary life adventure to Italy. It was a dream come true for my father, myself, and my son. Stories like this are happening all over America and it is because of the motivation and inspiration of one man, Steve Gleason. Now as I go out and talk to various groups or schools, I take a little bit of Steve and his motto of “no white flags” with me. It is my desire to inspire others to never give up in the face of adversity and to live life to the fullest. Please visit www.teamgleason.org and be inspired like I was.