Resilience & Heroes is the Socially Sparked Quote of the Week by actor Christopher Reeve (1952–2004). The late actor and advocate is best known for his major motion picture role as Clark Kent in the Superman Movie Trilogy of the late 70s. His words convey his spirit and most current — that of the next generation of advocates — the teens of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” – Christopher Reeve
A SUPERHERO IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE
Reeve suffered a devastating horse-riding accident in 2002 that left him a quadriplegic the last nine years of his life. An inspiration to many, a superhero to all for spinal cord injury research – Reeve founded the Christopher Reeve Foundation, now known as the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. His wife Dana Reeve lost her life to lung cancer in 2008.
The Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis and other neurological disabilities through grants, information and advocacy.
MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS STUDENTS DEMONSTRATE RESILIENCE & HEROISM
Reeve’s words “…in spite of overwhelming obstacles” can be interpreted and applied to many instances.
The surviving teen students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., are rising above the deadly school shooting in heroic fashion. Here’s how:
The Newest Teen Activists – Our Next Generation of Leaders
“Every single person up here today, all these people should be home grieving. But instead we are up here standing together because if all our government and president can do is send ‘thoughts and prayers,’ then it’s time for victims to be the change that we need to see.” – 18 year-old surviving student, Marjory Stoneman High School
-Days after the shooting massacre that left 17 dead, this next generation of leaders converted their mixed emotions of grief, fear, confusion, et al. into a collective voice for gun control. These teen advocates challenged politicians at the state and federal levels and utilized social and traditional media to get their message across — hundreds of thousands of followers on Twitter and videos that went viral. Their passion to change what directly hurt them and has hurt the world forever – is now the beginning of a movement #NeverEnough.
The Resilience of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Hockey Team
One week post school shooting and the loss of their teammate and friends, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Hockey Team chose to honor their fallen classmates and their families by taking to the ice for the Florida Hockey State Championship. Hair dyed yellow to honor their lost team mate and against all odds, and the lowest seed, the Eagles pulled off a huge upset and won both semi-final games and championship game to take their first ever state title.
HS Wind Ensemble – The Show Must Go On
Nearing three weeks since the tragedy at their school, the High School Wind Ensemble chose to continue plans to travel to New York City and perform at The New York Wind Festival at legendary Carnegie Hall. Admission into the festival is based on audition only and is limited to six high school groups and two showcase university wind ensembles. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Wind Ensemble is one of the six high school groups selected nationwide. The families and the students felt that it would be helpful to carry on and of course, music has tremendous healing powers. The Group will perform Tuesday, March 6th at 3PM, Carnegie Hall.
Christopher Reeve and the students of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School are true Superheroes. The students have already Socially Sparked our lives in inspiring and courageous fashion. – We are Socially Sparked! – Tweet @sosparkednews