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You Just Have to Chase Your Dreams

Norm Nixon | Posted 03.18.2015 | Impact
Norm Nixon

The journey to get here and compete is your first victory. And if you do compete and do the best that you can do, whenever you cross the finish line, you will be a champion.

I Knew In My Heart I Could Do It

Michelle Core | Posted 03.18.2015 | Impact
Michelle Core

I wake up every morning appreciating my life today. I'm doing a little bit of everything that I never thought I could do, and that people said I never could.

Any One of Us Can Chase an Impossible Dream

Diana Nyad | Posted 03.17.2015 | Impact
Diana Nyad

When I stood on the Havana shore for the fifth time and looked out at the faraway horizon, to be honest, I was intimidated.

The Doctors Were Wrong

Lucy Meyer | Posted 03.16.2015 | Impact
Lucy Meyer

I was born with cerebral palsy because I did not get oxygen for five minutes at birth. When I was just a few days old, the doctors told my parents that there was a very good chance that I would never sit up or swallow. The doctors were wrong.

Chasing an Impossible Dream

Jim Abbott | Posted 03.15.2015 | Impact
Jim Abbott

Like every kid, I had a dream growing up. Mine was to be a baseball player. To many around me, because of my right arm, it was an impossible dream.

When People Tell Me I Can't Do Something Because of My Disability, I Don't Listen

Randy Smith | Posted 03.14.2015 | Impact
Randy Smith

When someone says I can't pitch, or I can't run, I go ahead and motivate myself to do that to show them that I can do everything that they said I can't do.

For My Daughter With Cerebral Palsy, "Tolerance" Just Isn't Enough

Patrick McClenahan | Posted 08.06.2014 | Impact
Patrick McClenahan

Through her tears, she spoke about her son's intellectual disability and explained that her husband will not accept him because of his condition, "because in my country, the belief is that we did something wrong ... our son's condition is a curse."

Lauren Potter of Glee: Down Syndrome Couldn't Keep Me From Following My Dreams

Lauren Potter | Posted 08.02.2014 | Impact
Lauren Potter

As a girl who has accomplished things that many didn't think were possible, I know that people can be wrong when they judge someone else just because they are different.