June 6, 2013
Here is an excerpt from the Second Place entry into the No Barriers Mindset essay contest. I appreciate how Mackenzie is not letting a medical condition get in the way of enjoying a favorite activity. When you take on the No Barriers Mindset, you both adapt and leverage your situation to live life to the fullest. For this essay, Mackenzie will be receiving a pair of trekking poles from Leki, my longtime sponsor.
Mackenzie Cameron, 6th Grade, Charles S. Rushe Middle School, Land O' Lakes, FL
The No Barriers Mindset totally is applied in my life. When I was 9, I LOVED SOCCER! But, then I found out that I have an enlarged heart. Until they find out why I have it, I am not allowed to run. I thought my soccer life was over until my dad tried to teach me to play goalie. This way I don’t have to run. I’m almost 12 and they still haven’t found out why my heart is enlarged. But, now goalie is my life. Hopefully I will be able to run again and play on the field too.
Erik’s story has really changed how I look at things now. There are other people in the world with disabilities and challenges that let those challenges get in their way. After reading his story and watching videos of him doing amazing things to help blind people in the world, he is my role model and I really look up to him. I think more people should read his story and learn how he is changing the world one step at a time.