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Gerard Moreno is a 52 year old Paralympian who lives in Los Angeles, California, where he operates his own accounting business. Gerard played many sports while growing up including football, track and field, skiing, and fencing. At the age of 18, he suffered a gunshot injury, which left him partially paralyzed. After about six months, Gerard ventured out and tried playing wheelchair basketball with a team at the hospital he went to. Gerard enjoyed seeing that he could enjoy sports again, despite his injury, and went on to take up snow skiing, water skiing, tennis, downhill off-road wheelchair racing, scuba diving, and fencing. Doing these sports grew Gerard’s self-confidence, and has led to a life full of fun and adventure. These days his focus is on basketball, off-road racing, and fencing. Gerard has been on the United States Paralympic fencing team three times, and won numerous national championships. I found my interview with Gerard to be very inspiring because Gerard not only has an extremely positive attitude, but he also has made it his purpose to give back to the newly injured who are transitioning into their new lives. Gerard has learned how to adapt to new situations, considers this one of his strengths, and works to pass this lesson on. Gerard feels truly blessed to be part of a national team and the Paralympics’ team, and finds joy in other people and being on this earth.
I heard back from Jack Lalanne, and due to an exclusive agreement Jack has with a publisher, he cannot contribute to my book. Hey, I tried – “Dream Big” you know. OK, so onward and upward.
I’m excited about a talk I’m going to tonight by Dr. John Ratey called, “Exercise and the Brain – a crucial connection.” I’ll post about it next week, so stay tuned.
I’m also very excited about a multi-media video I’m putting together that features some of the athletes I’ve interviewed. It will premier on 10/24 at a book release and 50-k Active/Athlete Challenge launch event I’m holding in Fort Collins, Colorado. I can’t wait, although there is a lot to do between now and 10/24.
Last night I spoke to Murray Hornick from Murrells Inlet, SC because he won a drawing I held for people who joined the 50-k Challenge on 50-k.net before 9/21. He won a copy o fmy book and a 50-k T-shirt. You can get the book on this site, and the T-shirt at 50-k.net if you’re interested. Murray’s goal is to run 50 marathon in 50 different US states. Wow! He told me of a mentor he has in his home town who is a dentist and still practices dentistry full-time at age 84. Besides that, he has run 120 marathons, one of them last year. Thanks Murray, and all of you who keep me inspired. Dream Big!