LifeLenz Contest Honors 9/11 Heroes: Strength from Adversity Share Perspectives on Adversity and Win Gift Certificates

Share Article sponsors a contest about overcoming adversity to honor the victims of 9/11. Inspirational speaker, Joe Rhea, paralyzed on 9/11 in 1984, talks about his comeback and why he was playing golf on 9/11 2001. Watch Joes' video and find out why there is no one more inspiring on Oprah, Montel, or any other talk show.

When Joe Rhea, a star baseball and football player and all round stand-out athlete, became paralyzed on September 11th, 1984 during a school football game, it looked like his dreams were over.

Who would have predicted that 17 years later on September 11, 2001, he would be playing golf on the day the World Trade Center was destroyed by extremist Muslim radicals working for Al Queda?

But he was, because every year on 9/11, Joe Rhea takes the day off to celebrate his winning battle against adversity. From The Today Show and Oprah to Montel Williams, news and talk shows are full of inspiring stories about people who have overcome adversity. And Joe Rhea, rightfully so, is right up there with the most inspiring ones. Here is a young man who was told he would never walk again. Now, though, he walks on stages all across the country to tell his story of hope, perseverance, and triumph. In the vein of MADD members everywhere, Joe has a story to tell and mission to serve: be smart - protect your brain; set goals; work hard; and don't give up. Anything is possible.

In honor of Joe's triumph over adversity on September 11, and in honor of all our heroes who fell on 9/11, is sponsoring a month-long exploration and contest about adversity, and the millions of ways we are all heroes in the face of difficulty and challenge.

Joe Rhea will kick off the conversation with his own essay and a video of his story. Everyone is invited to join the conversation by going to to learn about Joe's journey, and to share their own experiences and expertise about adversity in writing, song, video, and pictures., a free site that bills itself as MySpace with a purpose, FaceBook with a focus, and YouTube with no stupid pet tricks, is a recently-launched site where creative types and experts on every subject can publish, polish and promote their work.

A full suite of tools allows members to use the site as a hub for all their personal, professional and family connections. Members can post writing, videos, songs, and pictures and get feedback; rate, and review others' work; use email, establish blogs; set up clubs and groups with live online discussions and IM, and post separate social network pages to support professional, personal and family communications. In other words, all the tools needed for an in-depth exploration of adversity and its meaning.

Most people have been affected by adversity, or have a loved one or friend who has been, and all of us can learn from each other. Everyone with a perspective to share, or who is looking for a new perspective, can benefit. Join the conversation at

Dennis Stack, (480) 986-2103. dennis(@)


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