Charleston, SC (PRWEB) May 03, 2013
A recently released documentary, “Living Unstoppable,” follows Jay Platt’s painful diagnosis of von Hippel Lindau syndrome (VHL), and how he rebuilds himself physically, mentally and spiritually, overcoming fear and disease to claim a new life.
Platt was living his boyhood dream as a U.S. Marine when VHL exploded like a bomb in his body, causing tumors in his brain and on his spine, as well as kidney cancer and the loss of his left eye.
“I was mad at the world, and maybe part of me was afraid of the fact that I would be considered a handicapped person,” says Platt, who was medically retired from the Marines.
After a personal journey of acceptance, Platt chose the path of overcoming fear and disease by accepting challenges many world-class athletes wouldn’t consider. Along with a record-breaking Mississippi swim while blindfolded, handcuffed and shackled, he swam from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco with his hands and feet tied, and he was one of fewer than 300 people to hike the more than 2,100-mile southbound Appalachian Trail.
Platt’s journey of overcoming fear and disease is coupled with his conviction to have his efforts serve others; his feats have raised a great deal of money for charities. Platt promised God that he’d devote his life to others if he survived and he has kept that promise. His Appalachian Trail hike alone raised $109,000. Staying true to a promise might be the most emotionally solid aid to overcoming fear, Platt says.
“When you realize it’s not all about you, the annoying voice that tells you to be afraid begins to shrivel and loses its poison,” he says
While still reeling from his diagnosis and its effects on his life, Platt heard the carefree laughter of a severely handicapped girl being pushed in her wheelchair by her mother.
“‘Listen to the birds, Momma,’ I heard her say – she was just so happy to experience that simple pleasure,” he says. “That, more than anything, sent me on a positive path to overcoming fear and disease.”
His family, friends and those to whom he donates money give Platt strength.
George Rahal, CEO at Ammable, Inc. says, “Living Unstoppable” is “moving … inspiring … insightful … jaw-dropping ... The major goals Jay accomplishes inspire an open mind to achieve more than previously thought possible.”
About Jay Platt
Jay Platt was medically retired from the Marine Corps in 1998 after suffering complications from von Hippel Lindau syndrome (VHL), a genetic disease that resulted in brain and spinal tumors, kidney cancer, and the loss of his left eye. When told his future would be considerably dimmer than his past, Platt set out to rebuild himself physically, mentally and spiritually, and to challenge himself by setting demanding physical goals. He was one of fewer than 300 people to have hiked the more than 2,100-mile southbound Appalachian Trail; one of three to swim from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco with hands and feet tied; and the only person to swim across the Mississippi River while blindfolded, handcuffed and shackled. The proceeds from his adventures and sales of his documentary benefit non-profits, including the VHL Family Alliance.