Working as a journalist for nearly two decades I count myself fortunate to have been able to meet so many different people from so many different walks of life. So naturally when I began working on “Countdown To The Special Olympics With Robin Roberts” I was looking forward to meeting some spectacular athletes. I had no idea that I would learn a new sport and meet a young woman who proves that purposefulness can change everything not just in life but in sports.
Douglas Patterson and his son Thomas have a lot in common. They’re both good looking. They’re both jocks. And they both live with an intellectual disability. 18-year-old-Thomas is on his way to Los Angeles to compete in track and field at the 2015 Special Olympics Summer World Games, and no one will be cheering louder for him than his dad. I will be rooting pretty strongly for Thomas too. In the short time I have known him, he has already taught me how to see the world in a different way.
Robin Roberts sat down with Nike CEO Phil Knight and noted cancer researcher Dr Brian Druker. They’ve raised a billion dollars that they will now put towards cancer research at Oregon Health and Science University’s Knight Cancer Institute.
Last Thursday was one of those rare times in my 7 ½ years of my job at Good Morning America that I felt like I was an arm’s length from greatness. Sure, I’ve had the amazing opportunity to meet celebrities, singers, artists, and humanitarians, but Thursday was different. The main difference being that I didn’t meet a person, what gave me chills and truly made me feel like we were doing something special was a flame on a piece of medal. A torch, to be more exact.
Nearly ten years after Hurricane Katrina left a path of destruction across the Gulf Coast, heroes from across the country are still fighting to build a foundation of recovery and remembrance for those affected by the storm. One such hero is Tammy Raymond.
Let’s face it, we live in a world where physical beauty is often a powerful asset. Yes, physical attributes can even translate to greater success in business. So, I was struck recently when I came across the story of a brave young girl named Madeline.