Almost 76 years ago, on October 29th of 1941, Sir Winston Churchill delivered a speech emphasizing the importance of persistence. A famous quotation from his address goes,
“[N]ever give in, never give in, never, never, never, never - in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.”
These words came to mind when I read about athlete Chris Whyte, who was told he would never walk again after a spinal cord injury. This year, he participates in the Baltimore Running Festival for the third time. Six months after his injury, he walked the course; the next year, he jogged; and this year, he has been planning to ride his bicycle and escort Kennedy Krieger’s hand-cycling team. Stories like those of Chris Whyte (and Team Kennedy Krieger) are encouraging and deserve to be told. Crossing that finish line requires immense effort and diligence. It’s harder than it looks.