.....there was a fairly regular guy who lived and worked in Chicago, IL among other fairly regular people, doing what people regularly do who live in the rat race there--living in skyscrapers, driving on freeways, riding in elevators.
Then one day this fairly regular guy heard a wild story that fascinated him, and changed his life forever: he heard about a blind man who learned to snow ski without being able to see, after losing his sight to diabetes years earlier.
The fairly regular guy loved to ski too. He was simply amazed that a blind guy could ski, or would even want to ski, just like him.
He'd never thought that people with disabilities could do things fun like fairly regular people do. The fairly regular guy began to dream dreams of helping blind and disabled people learn to ski and do things in the outdoors like he loved to do.
Then one day, the fairly regular guy could stand it no longer. He sold everything he owned and moved a thousand miles away to Aspen, CO to start a ski camp for blind people and others with disabilities.
He was no longer interested in being a fairly regular guy in the old rat race. He didn't know how it would work, he just knew it was something he had to do.
Challenge Aspen's programs for veterans have been so well received that the organization is now broadening its programs and outreach to Israeli soldiers wounded from terrorists attacks. These wounded warriors will be arriving in Colorado from the Middle East March 1.
Even a couple of ruffians off the street were anxious to help. Right, fellows? (Actually, they've been helping for almost a decade.)
One of them, incidentally, is a fairly good skier and the other is challenged to even get down a beginner slope. ...but I'll never tell which one it is.
Only the former fairly regular guy knows for sure.