BENEFITING: No Barriers
Why I Support No Barriers USA
Hi, My name is Clare LaPier and I have been deeply inspired by my father, Elzear Levesque, who passed away on July 12, 2013. My father was an adventurous man. He loved nature and wildlife, especially birds and plants, but I must say he truly was in his elements anywhere the outdoor beauty of our world had to offer him. He also served out country in the United States Army, as a medic and paratrooper. His medic training was in Japan, and often shared stories about his experiences there.
Over three years ago, my father had a devastating blow to his adventurous and nature filled life, in fact, he never saw nature again. He had a rare genetic disorder called Cavernous Malformations of the Brain and Spinal Cord. He suffered from a spinal cord bleed which paralyzed him and the damage was irreversible. My father didn't complain much, in fact he was an optimist, with grit and courage amongst several other character strengths. He was a true alchemist. I spent a lot of time with him in the hospital, time that was precious and so very dear to me, and him. He had pain that often could not be controlled, but yet he continued to be strong and always believed he would walk again. My Dad never did walk again, but what he did do was teach me the most valuable lesson of strength and courage.
When I lost my Dad, I had emotions that were so intertwined that I became numb. I was looking for him everywhere, looking for signs continuously. I was looking for him in the strangest places.
What I didn't mention was that I also tested positive for the same gene mutation. I have only the brain malformations and an aneurysm, so I consider myself lucky. One adversity that I couldn't harness was panic/anxiety disorder, and agoraphobia. I hadn't been on a field trip at the school I work at in 8 years. It consumed all my energy in a very negative way. I felt abnormal, it was daunting to even think of traveling.
So after a few months that my Dad passed away, I decided that I had to inspire my students the way that my Dad inspired me. I went on to Values. com, and it was there my students found Erik Weihenmayer. They studied him by research, videos, excerpts from his books, his website, and the No Barriers website, in which they will soon be setting their own goal and writing about how to achieve it.
I also read his books, and immediately following "Touch the Top of the World" and learning about the No Barriers Mindset, I made this personal goal and pledge to exit out of my comfort zones and make a first step by going on a snow shoe field trip with my students. The trip was exhilarating and I had the time of my life with those kids. I also felt like I finally found my father, like he was there watching me observing the animal tracks. But it wasn't the fact that I was in a beautiful place in the woods looking at red squirrel tracks that made me feel like I found him, it was the strength that I found within me, to be there. The strength my father taught me for three years in his hospital bed for the greater good.
Now, I feel like I can go anywhere, and I hope to climb higher and higher and reach further and further with each step.
This is what Erik and No Barriers has done for me on a personal and professional level. I am truly amazed at what this organization does for people with all kinds of adversities from the smallest to the biggest barriers. Harnessing your adversity is the most important step in the climb to success. Please help No Barriers USA, help impossible become possible. If you would like people to have the opportunities to turn lead into gold, please donate today!
No Barriers provides transformative experiences that shift the lens through which we see and navigate life. It helps people live fulfilling lives that matter. Please support me in helping No Barriers thrive!
About No Barriers USA
The mission of No Barriers is to unleash the potential of the human spirit. No Barriers believes in the power of living life with a pioneering mindset, integrity, commitment and authenticity. No Barriers believes everyone has a thirst for adventure and a desire to discover their own unique and personal “breakthrough” that comes with improved self-awareness and self-confidence. No Barriers believes in building a collaborative community where the ideas and insights of many improve the human condition. No Barriers believes in the possible! And we believe that what's within you is stronger than what's in your way.
To learn more about No Barriers, please visit http://www.nobarriersusa.org