To be honest, I thought hearing someone else’s perspective is the way to go; this is Dora a co-worker of mine.
What does Lee mean to me? I think the better question to ask is what does Lee mean to our community, our society and our world as a whole. Men like Lee don’t come along very often and there is few and far in between just like him. If I had some sort of cloning device he would be one of the first human beings I would consider cloning because he is that essential to our very being. What makes him this unique? I think I could write a whole book on how and why but what you need to know is the charisma that he carries and what he does to you when you meet him. He can touch people in a way I have never seen before, touches them in a way that makes them be a better person. You just can’t be sad around Lee, he will always great you with a smile. He will not let you feel bad about your abilities and what you can and cannot do, he makes you see that you can do anything you want to as long as you have a passion for it and set your mind out to do so. He makes you aware that it is all a choice; everyday we have a choice to decide what kind of day we are going to have and more generally what kind of life we want to lead. As a society we have created these stereotypes and stigmas about people in wheelchairs and may think we know what these people will be like; what their abilities are and what they can and cannot do. But you see, if you were to meet Lee you would see that whatever preconception you may have had engraved in your mind he would shatter all of that and be the complete opposite. Lee is a warrior. Lee is strong. Lee is confident. Lee is caring and he is one of the most selfless people I have ever met in my entire life. He considers everyone before himself. It is the small things that he does, like buying you a cupcake on your birthday and having everyone at work come sing to you or tell you a joke when you are having a bad day but what maybe small gestures for Lee mean the world to other people.
He will never know how influential he has been in my life or how influential he has been to this community but I want everyone else to know how special this man has been in my life and everyone else who has gotten the opportunity to work and meet him. He never fails to remind me that I am worth something, that I am beautiful and have every potential to be incredibly successful in life. He has this ability to light this fire in the pit of your stomach that makes you just want to live and make you strive for things you didn’t thing you could ever do. Things I didn’t think Lee could do were rock climb, skydive, play basketball and especially climb as ice mountain but he has proved me absolutely wrong. He single handedly is changing the stigma that society has over people who are born with different abilities. You see, if I were to close my eyes and interact with Lee, I would never be able to tell that he is in a wheelchair because that is not what defines him and that is not all he is by any means. And he is much more than our average Joe because he is a mentor, a friend, a role model and an overall badass because there is no other way to describe him. He is simply awesome because of the way he carries his heart on his sleeve, because of how emotional he is and because of how genuine his soul is. The world better be ready for the great things this man has yet to accomplish and for the difference he will continue to make until his last breath. I am deeply honored and extraordinarily proud to be able to call this man my friend.
Thank you Dora,. you brought me to tears... ur the Best..
My words: As a wheelchair athlete I found myself competing in sports that kept me in my chair, I wanted to try something new and different, something that got me out of my chair, using my strengths in a different way, I found it in climbing.
As a youth sports coordinator, I thought climbing could be a huge hit, not only for the able body world, yet for people with disabilities, individuals that have physical disabilities & cognitive disabilities, climbing could reveal another form or therapy, has for me!
Climbing/ hiking is a way of serenity, and focus at the same time.
After working with a variety of individuals with different disabilities, I am trying this new adventure, not only for myself, yet more important giving others encouragement and opportunity to try something new, while invigorating ones spontaneity and spirit.
Life is about climbing over obstacles; with the right people and support we all can go to the top.
Please support me as I embark on this new adventure of climbing, helping a path that is being built for others to fallow.
Thank you for your support,
Leland (Bubs) Williamson