Every August Until a Cure

Thank you Pat Quinn. Thank you for being an inspiration. Most of all, thank you for being a fighter.

Pat was diagnosed with ALS in 2013. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord which eventually leads to the loss of the ability to speak, eat, move and breathe. ALS has no cure. His choice, as well as many others in the community, to make a difference, stay positive, and try to change the status quo should be praised.

Why am I thanking Pat? Because he chose to have a positive attitude and as a result has become a leader in a world in which we so desperately need more of them.

His (maybe greatest) 5 words that have made me an admirer:

I like to think that in life although there are two things that are inevitable, death and taxes, but there is only one thing that we can control at any given time. Pat has mastered that one small “thing”, that we all know as attitude.

So why am I writing (or blabbing) about this? Because Pat Quinn is a perfect example as to how we should strive to act on a daily basis — looking forward, staying positive, and not accepting the situation as it is.

Pat Quinn, with the help of two other ALS patients, threw a curve ball at ALS last summer when they could have been down or just continuing to go through the motions. Instead, they made a world of a difference with their attitude.

With his new speech “Every August until a Cure” Pat ensured that if ALS was not on the world’s map yet, then now it would be. Last August ALS made some noise, but you’d be wrong if you think that it won’t make more this year. That’s just not Pat, or the way of many ALS patients. They are the protons, and we are the electrons. The rest of us can pick up some of their positive ways.

The Ice Bucket Challenge will be back in August. This is a call for all of us to try to be more positive, even when you don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. Only you determine if there is a possible light at the end of the tunnel.

Make sure you check out http://www.quinn4thewin.com/ and get inspired too.


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