Persevering through Life Obstacles

How people with adversities found triumph by perseverance.

What is perseverance?

" If you can't fly, then run, if you can't run, then walk, if you can't walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward."- Martin Luther King Jr. The word perseverance has different meanings to other people. Overall, perseverance is never giving up despite going through tough adversities that may seem impossible to over come.

Cause and effect: Francisco Bucio

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"Carry On" Leroy and Dartanyon's journey through adversities.

Carry On

Two young men in Cleveland, Ohio, named Leroy and Dartanyon have a special relationship but have many similarities and differences that make them unique. Both of these high school students suffer with disabilities that affect their daily life. Leroy Sutton lost both of his legs due to a train wreck. This caused Leroy to have many difficulties with transportation. Similar to Leroy, Dartanyon also has a disability. Dartanyon is legally blind, so he can’t view the world properly. Both Leroy and Dartanyon were on the wrestling team back in high school and admired the sport. In each match Dartanyon would carry Leroy on his back. Despite the adversities they faced, they were both loyal to each other and considered themselves brothers. Dartanyon focused on a new sport. He found and pursued his desire to participate in the Paralympics. In contrast Leroy started college right after high school ended. Dartanyon and Leroy couldn’t have gotten to where they are today without a noblewoman named Lisa. When Lisa first met Dartanyon and Leroy, she admired their brotherly bond. Dartanyon trusted Lisa when he met her. On the other hand when Leroy first met Lisa, he was more cautious. As the relationship between the young men and Lisa progressed, Leroy was more open minded and realized that she did care about them. Leroy and Dartanyon now consider Lisa as the missing part of their family. They both feel that their family is now complete. Both of these inspiring men have accomplished many things that make them even more unique. Dartanyon made it into the Paralympics and won a bronze medal in the sport he has been training in for two years. Leroy started a family and now has a daughter. She has now completed his life in another way. Through the adversities that Leroy and Dartanyon faced, through the triumphs they had, both men were there for each other and walked through life together as brothers. They always had the courage to carry on.
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Dartanyon is carrying Leroy on his back onto the wrestling mat.

Tom Monaghan perseveres through financial disasters.

Tom Monaghan had a dream to have a successful pizza business but had many difficulties solving the problems he faced along the way. The main difficulty in his career was the money. Tom would expand his business rapidly therefore causing him to go into debt. This led to filing for bankruptcy multiple times. Another problem that he faced was that his partnerships would crumble. His first partnership ended quickly after his partner found a new job. The second partnership was a financial disaster. His partner would go on spending sprees, purchasing cars, and would take advantage of Tom. When his partner was in the hospital, Tom had to pay him $20,000. Later in his career when things were starting to look good a catastrophic fire wiped out his pizza store. This led to Tom having to pay most of the expenses because his insurance wouldn’t cover most of it. The insurance only covered $13,000 out of the $150,000 in damages. Despite all of the setbacks and adversities he faced, he continued to make pizzas and eventually his perseverance paid off. Because of the solutions he made his pizza business became the largest home delivery pizza business in the world. Tom’s dream became a reality because of his great resilience.
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Tom Monaghan's persistence has helped him overcome his adversities. His quote explains that he transformed his adversities into a triumph that changed his and millions of others lives.

The Lady Jags don't look at the scoreboard, they look at them as a team.

In Tennessee, a basketball team named the Lady Jags has struggled with adversities. For example, some of the players on the team have struggled with drug problems. A few of the girls on the team started taking drugs at the age of 8. Another adversity that the team has faced is where they live. The town they live in consists of a high unemployment rate and also high levels of poverty. This impacted them because they had no place to call home. Some of the girls in the Lady Jags would find themselves sleeping outside. Most importantly, the girls had no parents to look up to. Their parents had substance abuse problems and lost the ability to care for their children. The girls turned to drugs to forget about the problems they were facing in reality. Other difficulties the girls had on the team consisted of mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder. These young girls faced many obstacles, but luckily a school was willing to help them persevere through these hard times. The Lady Jags has helped these girls become a better people and cleared a brighter path for their future. Even though the Lady Jags have a 208 game losing streak on the court, the team has improved the lives of many of its players.

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A member from the Lady Jags on the court.

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What we can transform our adversities into.

Leroy, Dartanyon, Tom Monaghan, and the Lady Jags all had one thing in common, they never let there adversities stop them. What we can take from these inspiring stories is that if we put the time and effort into overcoming our adversities, we will eventually become successful. Like Abraham Lincoln once said, "I walk slowly but I never walk backward."