The fighters

The men and women who fought through all the roughness.

Randy Pausch

Randy was a happy, loving dad. He loved his family very much and lived life as free and fun as anyone in the world. He thought that there was no reason for sadness. He saw the best in other people. He always lived life to the fullest.

Then, he was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. Most people would crumble under this news, but Randy, not so much. He was so combative. Yes he was sad about this, and his family was devastated, but he wasn't going to stop trying and say "well it's over", he just kept living life. He believed even more in the fact that living life to the fullest was most important. His happiness didn't go down, his beliefs went up.

He was the same man before and after the news. He was more physically fit than most people, he was extremely smart and he was mentally prepared for anything. I personally would love to have seen him live a little longer and inspire those who don't believe in perseverance. He would have been able to help them and make sure they live life free.

Bethany Hamilton

Bethany Hamilton is a 25 year old girl surfer, a fenominal one, who has suffered in her past life. At age 13 she was a raining champion in her league and had no worries in the world living in the beautiful state of Hawiia and having her parents be legend surfers. Until one day struck when she was out surfing and training with her best friend and her family.

She was paddling in to shore when a shark came up top to sea level and but her left arm right off. She was bleeding historically and was soon after rushed right to the hospital, while her dad was having knee surgery there and mom and brothers were at home frightened. She almost died on the table but they were able to luckily save her.

She was sore and tired for a couple of days at the hospital but soon returned home not knowing if she would ever surf again. She was held back from surfing for a whole month. She soon had started training again. She was not going to give up the most important thing in her life. Months later she was out competing again and winning cups and metals. 2 years after the training had begun, she won first place in the women's NSSA national championship.

Bethany was such an encouragement to many lives that, Mandalay Pictures decided to make a movie about Bethany and her experience. Annasophia Robb was the actress that played the part of Bethany Hamilton. It was such a big hit that they got Carrie Underwood to star in it as the church counselor. The movie sold lover 5,00 copies on DVD because of how inspiring Bethany's story was.

Nick Vujicic

Nick was born on December 4, 1982 healthy as any baby, except for the fact that he had no limbs just two feet. Nick has figured out how to live a full life without limbs, adapting many of the daily skills limbed people accomplish without thinking. Nick writes with two toes on his left foot and a special grip that slid onto his big toe. He knows how to use a computer, he is able to now write by using the "heel toe" method.

In his earlier life, he wasn't able to attend school because of his disability, but as soon as the law was passed for him to be able to go to public school, he took the opportunity right away. He wanted to learn so badly, he wasn't going to give up on his education. During his school years, he fell into deep depression because of the bullying that came with his education. At age 10 he tried to drown himself in the bathtub, but soon realized that his parents loved him and he needed them. "I won’t pretend my life is easy, but through the love of my parents, loved ones, and faith in God, I have overcome my adversity and my life is now filled with joy and purpose." Attitude and Altitude article.

Kayla Montgomery

Kayla was a 14 year old soccer loving girl when she was diagnosed with MS. She fought hard to stay in soccer but eventually stopped few days after. MS made her legs go numb or cause pain during physical activity. She wasn't going to give up on her life for a sickness, so she decided to be a track runner for her high school.

During every race, she wouldn't be able to feel her legs and therefore she was able to keep going without her legs hurting. After the race she wouldn't be able to stop, so after every race she ran into her coaches arms and was immediately helped by the paramedics. She would have to lay and rest for many minutes just to get feeling back to her legs. She won many track awards from freshman year to senior year.

Bill Gates

Before launching Microsoft with Paul Allen and becoming the richest man in the US, Bill Gates was a Harvard University dropout and co-owner of a failed business called Traf-O-Data. Driven by his passion for computer programming, he built the world's largest software company. He had gone into Harvard wanting to be in the study for law, been found himself wanting to be around computer manufacturing studies. He had eventually dropped out of Harvard and moved to Washington in order to start a new computer engineering life. He had kept in contact with Paul Allen and had met up with him to collaborate and make what came to be today as Microsoft.


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