Niagara Gazette


July 7, 2013

DAVIS: Whatever the circumstances, celebrate life


Niagara Gazette — Mr. King’s message, as well as the entire program, featuring other US veterans, is definitely worth hearing.

The second amazing man is former NFL safety Steve Gleason of the New Orleans Saints. His historic blocked punt in the team’s first home game after Hurricane Katrina is immortalized in a statue entitled “Rebirth” and stands in front of the stadium.

In 2011, Mr. Gleason was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gerig’s disease), and he is already confined to a wheelchair, and has lost the ability to talk. He communicates with a computer using laser sighting technology, through which his own voice can be heard. Steve was told “prepare to die” after his diagnosis. He responded with “I’m going to prepare to live.”

After losing his ability to run, he said, “I chose to search myself for new avenues of joy….with each loss, we have worked to find a beautiful replacement … we can choose to focus on the beauty of now.”

Let the lives of these amazing men inspire you to choose to celebrate life each day.

Jackie Davis is an inspirational vocalist, musician and speaker with more than 20 years of television broadcast experience. Her column appears on the first, third and fifth Friday of the month. You can contact her at

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