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The morning of August 23rd, 2010 started as a beautiful summer day.  Terry’s mom, Terry, and Terry’s little sister Alayna were in Ohio visiting family and were only twenty minutes into their six hour drive back to their home in West Virginia when they collided head-on with another vehicle at fifty-five miles-per-hour.

After surgeries on Terry’s spleen, spine, and abdomen, Terry was in the ICU room of Toledo’s Children’s Hospital for over a week before he was told that he was now paralyzed from the waist down.   Terry went through shock and disbelief as he tried to come to terms with the new life that he had to face.  At first, Terry did not want to talk about what happened and got angry with the doctors who were doing their assessments on Terry’s legs for nerve movement.  He didn’t want to think about this as being real, and he was discouraged that he was stuck inside the hospital.

Visits from family members like his cousins did bring him some comfort, but he still did not want to deal with physical therapy and his new wheelchair.  He became easily discouraged when he was not able to transfer from the wheelchair to his hospital bed, so the distraction that playing video games with his cousins brought him was greatly appreciated.

After Terry was released from the hospital, his spirits were a little better.  He was communicating with his family members more and he was able to better deal with his new situation by talking about what he would do in the future including more physical therapy and school.  Terry was actually getting excited about going back to school and being around other children all day long, even if that meant he had to go in a wheelchair.

Terry was a little nervous about the first day of a new school in his new wheelchair.  He said, “What if people stare at me”?  He also asked if people would ask him about what happened to him.  We told him that he should just talk to the other children about what ever made him most comfortable.  We explained to Terry that he could tell the other children as much or as little as he wanted, but that the teacher had already talked to the other children in his class about the accident.  Terry said he was glad that the teacher had already talked to them about what had happened to him, because talking about the accident was what he was most worried about. “I don’t think I would be able to get through that kind of conversation without getting upset,” he explained.

Despite having to make friends at a new school and having to deal with it all while in his new situation, he had a really good year at school.  He made friends easily, everyone was willing and happy to help him, and he ended up finishing the year with good grades and being named “Class Comedian”.

When I asked what he misses the most about his prior life being able to use his legs, he said, “I miss being able to run and ride my bike”.  Then Terry, not one to give up, added, “At the same time, Although I miss being able to ride my bike, I can probably still ride a four wheeler”.

His positive, never give up attitude started pushing him to new levels of achievement. He began  looking forward to playing wheel chair basketball in the future.  Terry also started taking Karate just three months after the car accident, which is something he never even tried before he was paralyzed.  Terry was able to go from white belt, to white belt with green tips, to yellow belt in no time at all.  Now Terry says, “There is NOTHING that is going to stop me from achieving my dreams”!

As the summer of 2011 approached (almost a year after the accident) Terry began to worry that he would not have as much fun as he did the year before when he was able to walk.  Terry hoped that he would still be able to swim with his cousins, but he did not want to get his hopes up too high. He decided that he was going to take a chance, even if that meant being disappointed.  Taking this chance proved to be a good idea because his legs ended up working as a floatation device as opposed to an anchor.  His physical therapy over the past year had built enough arm muscles to help him get from one end of the pool to the next faster than before the accident.

After dealing with the grief of the loss of his legs, Terry evolved to the realization that the car accident might have happened for a reason.  After long, in-depth discussions with his family members, Terry decided that he is lucky to have survived and that God must have saved him for a reason. He asked we family members if we thought that he was meant to help others and we all agreed and said that Terry was meant to do great things. He wanted to know how he could help others, and started brainstorming about ideas, and that is how Terry and I decided to start the “Terry Salvador Foundation”.  This organization is meant to increase awareness and raise money to help children with all different kinds of disabilities.  The Terry Salvador Foundation will start with the publication of our children’s book series titled “Terry the Unstoppable”.  The proceeds from this book series will go to the organization, along with fundraising money, and other ventures.

Terry is hoping that this foundation will help start more local wheelchair sports teams, and he wants to help design his own line of physical therapy tools that will help paraplegic children.  The car accident may have left him paralyzed from the waist down, and he may be only 10 years old, but Terri does not believe in giving up. He is a fighter and has already accomplished more than many who are able to walk.
Watch for the start of the “Terry the Unstoppable” book series premiering in the summer of 2012.

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  • Lisa - Ohio said:

    I thought this was well written and it really made me think about a subject that has never really come my way and that is physically disabled children, and the issues they face in school. I was interested in knowing about Terry’s physical and emotional journey. I can also appreciate how you commented to one reader by letting them know that this story was from the child’s perspective.

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  • Jess – Georgia said:

    Since I work with young student-athletes, the youth stories piqued my interest. I really enjoyed Barror’s article and I like that he went in depth. The background story quickly pulled me in as a reader. I like the motivation encouraged by the article and that it left with Terry headed in a positive direction. The middle seemed a little dry, the constant “We’s” and “family members” got a little tiring. But I love that it is more of a story and less of a report.

  • Rease – Puerto Rico said:

    I enjoyed the story, but I would have loved to hear more about Terry’s recovery process and how he dealt with it. I find those stories add an extra dose of inspiration. My brother, for example, battled cancer and won, but it wasn’t him beating the cancer that was really inspiring, it was that while he was fighting off cancer, he was training as a boxer. Only a month after he was declared cancer free, he won the Amateur Golden Gloves of Missouri. When I saw the photo of Terry in a Tae Kwon Do uniform, I was hoping to hear more about him continuing to participate in physical activities in any way he could. I did enjoy the mention of The Terry Salvador Foundation and its mission. The Terry story had a great beginning and ending, but I wanted very badly to know more about the journey.

  • Mike-Indiana said:

    Terry…I can barely fathom having wheels instead of legs…this kid, seemingly unfazed by he accident and the resulting condition, not only continues with his life but has a deep-seated appreciation for it…something I’ve scarcely seen as true in the myriad of people with whom I’ve met. I left the computer feeling electrified…positively charged…my own “baggage” reduced to the size of a wallet…ready to “shout my barbaric yawp from the rooftops of the world” (Dead Poets’ Society).

  • Matthew – Vermont said:

    I have great respect for your magazine’ s endeavor, and was touched by many of stories already posted, especially “Terry the Unstoppable”.

  • Julia – Utah said:

    Was fairly impressed with not only the writing but the positive vibes you get from reading such an article. I love to read about such stories of compassion and faith and feel we need more of these types of positive, winning stories in a world full of confusion and trouble. I would add that maybe including some of the more emotional aspects of Terry’s story would help us to relate more with him, but overall; it was a beautiful piece

  • Kristin – Massachusetts said:

    I can honestly say this article brought me near to tears. I attached in my previous email, the story of my car accident, which could have very easily left me in a similar position to Terry.
    Thankfully, I am all but recovered, even though I will have chronic pain for the rest of my life, but I relate to Terry knowing that I was spared in that accident for some greater reason. It was the writing of this article that captured the heart of the story, and helped a reader like me to relate to Terry on an emotional level. I did read the comments under the article and “Anthony” did make one point in his comment where I think the reader is a little unsure who was writing this article, and had to think about it after the statement “we the family members,” putting together the idea that a close family member to Terry wrote this. He also pointed out how there was no mention of the other family members in the vehicle. While I understand the point of the article was Terry overcoming his obstacles, it did leave me wondering for a moment about the other passengers affected by the accident.

  • Christy - Ohio said:

    Truly amazing. The accident happened in front of my house. I was the first one to the car and I held Terry’s sister and kept her calm while we waited for help to arrive. I have searched online many times trying to figure out what happened to the people involved. I have wondered and thought about Terry so many times. With the privacy laws, you cannot find anything out about anyone anymore. I am so relieved that Terry prevailed through all of this. He is truly an inspiration! Thank you so much for writing this article so I finally know what happened.

  • Jesse – Montana said:

    I have to say that I really liked this story about Terry the little boy in the wheelchair. My brother was in a car accident when he was 17 & paralyzed from the waist down. For the most part he always had a great attitude about it & the Doctors even used him to go & talk with other people about it. It was very touching.

  • Debbie J said:

    I thought Terry was an intriguing character and a great choice for a piece like this. It was very informative and gave the main details about the accident in the beginning. I enjoyed reading about this inspiring young man and gaining insight into what it must be like to suffer an injury such as his.

  • NK – Alabama said:

    This was inspiring and motivational indeed. Terry might be a 10 year old but his thoughts are much matured. I like the story. Thank you.

  • David– North Carolina said:

    My heart was warmed by this story of someone learning to move past such a great tragedy in such a short period of time. I enjoyed the article immensely. It warms my heart to read about the strength and perseverance of the human spirit. In dark times like those we live in today, I believe it is important to hold on to the few moments of levity we are offered.

  • April – North Carolina said:

    This is an inspiring story; as a mom of a special-needs child, I could relate to their struggles and the joy of Terry’s accomplishments.

  • Aaron said:

    i have a few questions. First, what happened to the other family members in the car. It never stated whether they are alive or dead let alone what injuries they may have had. Also in the second to last paragraph it says “He asked we family members if we thought that he was meant to help others and we all agreed and said that Terry was meant to do great things.” Did his family write this or should this be a quote? All in all not a bad story.

  • Alex the Editor said:

    Anthony,

    while I respect your editorial acumen in your comment, I disagree with you. The author really captured the “kid” thinking/talking about his fears, about what he’s going through, in honest, real “kid” tone. As a reader, that is exactly what I want to see. As much as possible I want the readers of this magazine to feel and share the pain, the emotion, the loss, that the subject is experiencing. In this instance, in my opinion, I feel the author really captures details that “show me don’t tell me”, which is writing at its best.

    Please always feel free to criticize content in this magazine. I think the discourse and exchange of ideas is what can make all of this work as something valuable.

  • Anthony – Michigan said:

    I read Mr. Barror’s article, “Terry the Unstoppable,” an immersive read for a short story. Though Mr. Barror never clarifies his relationship with Terry, he certainly brings his readers into Terry’s world: the innocence a child facing a traumatic accident. I like how subtly he captures Terry’s recovery, focusing, for instance, on Terry’s escapism through video games with his cousins rather than, say, his physical wounds. I do, however, feel more concise wording would make it a more elegant read. The simple sentences are part of its childish charm, as if it is written by Terry, but it could be improved. Take the paragraph below for instance:

    “As the summer of 2011 approached (almost a year after the accident) Terry began to worry that he would not have as much fun as he did the year before when he was able to walk. Terry hoped that he would still be able to swim with his cousins, but he did not want to get his hopes up too high. He decided that he was going to take a chance, even if that meant being disappointed. Taking this chance proved to be a good idea because his legs ended up working as a floatation device as opposed to an anchor. His physical therapy over the past year had built enough arm muscles to help him get from one end of the pool to the next faster than before the accident.”

    It has a “kid” perspective in tone and language, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be shortened while keeping Terry’s viewpoint. I would rewrite it as such:

    Almost a year after the accident, now the summer of 2011, Terry worried that having fun would not be the same. He worried that he would not be able to swim with his cousins. Nonetheless, he decided to take a chance and joined everyone at the pool when the time came. To his surprise, his limp legs served as a flotation device! His physical therapy over the past year had built enough arm muscles to help him get from one end of the pool to the next faster than before the accident.”

  • Amber – Minnesota said:

    After reading this article, and many more, I realized that this site is very uplifting compared to the rest of the news publications out there. It almost reminds me of CaringBridge, but from the viewpoint of another person. I did find a few grammar/punctuation errors that look easy to fix.
    Overall, I really enjoyed the story. It told a story of one incredible boy who survived a car accident, and then it ends with something even better, a teaser to a book release and the start of a foundation where people can join him in the fight for more local sports teams. And the quote at the end to sum it up was a nice touch. This is definitely different than news stories that I have seen published, but I believe everyone has a great story to tell and this is a great site to put these stories up on. I could get used to it,

  • Dusty – Missouri said:

    I read Terry the Unstoppable and enjoyed the message and overall sense of accomplishment the article gave me. However, I kept waiting to hear from Terry or his parents instead. I wanted to hear first-hand what Terry thought about the situation “in his own words,” not the words the author heard and passed on to me. This is just a pet peeve of mine in interviews, and while the article is excellent, I think this addition could have made the piece truly spectacular. You may disagree,but this is how I feel.

  • Ani – Montana said:

    It was a wonderful story and well paced, just inspiring enough to be hopeful and honest, and not so pushed as to be corny. I’ve seen similar articles that try to make a person some kind of superhero, and it almost takes away from the person’s actual struggle and accomplishment. This was a good article.

  • Muriel– Maine said:

    This article is important because it is an inspiring story to any child who has suffered a traumatic injury. However, even though the article is showing a positive outcome, I feel the article is missing many important keys that I wanted to know such as:
    _What is the relationship between the writer and Terry. ?
    - A more in depth approach to the psychologist aspect of Terry when he found out he was paralysed. (the bad, the ugly etc)
    -How painful was his physical therapy, what scared him or frustrated him the most.?
    -What did he struggle most with?
    -What does he want to do in the future not just few month from now…?
    -What treatment have they tried?
    -Why did he have to change school? etc
    The article is written to appeal to many people but lacks the real emotional aspect. I want to know more about Terry’s opinions about what has happened to him. It would be a lot more valuable to the children I mentioned in the beginning if it could answer these questions.

    The end of the article is leaving me with the feeling that someone is trying to profit from Terry’s tragedy.

  • Sheridan – Hawaii said:

    Enjoyed article on boy who was in wreck and all the content you have on handicapped and physically challenged people:

  • Nikki – Ohio said:

    I just read this and found it to be a truly inspirational story. It’s amazing that he was able to accomplish all of those great things after such a tragedy. It really makes you appreciate what you have in life and wonder if things really do happen for a reason. I really enjoyed the article because it shows that people should not give up, even at 10 years old.

  • Susan B said:

    I loved that Terry eventually overcame the discouragement to recognize he could accomplish far more that he had before the accident.

  • Whitney – Missouri said:

    I loved the overall meaning behind this article and enjoyed learning about the determined young man that the story focused on. The article was a bit confusing though. It started out giving the impression that the author was unrelated to Terry. Then, in the middle of the article, the author suddenly started using “we” and “us”. This had me wondering whether it was an author error or if they were in fact related. Also, some of the sentences seemed too long for an online posting. Readers of online material seem to skim so it would have been easier to follow if their were subheadings. Overall, I love the inspirational message that the website delivers.

  • Melanie said:

    I though the content of the story was very inspiring and much needed for children, and parents, who have suffered tragedy.

  • Heather B said:

    I loved what I read. A friend of mine shared his fighting spirit in her battle with Cystic Fibrosis. Unfortunately, she passed away a couple of years ago. But they would have been great friends, that’s for sure. I love his book idea and will no doubt be checking that series out when it is released!

  • Abby said:

    I read this and was instantly inspired. I loved hearing his venture into publishing children’s books! I myself have wanted to write children’s book, but got discouraged and let that dream fall by the wayside. I read Terry’s story and thought, “If him, why not me”? I think I’ll start writing my draft for a children’s story soon. If anything, I wish there had been more of Terry’s story. I felt it was a bit short when talking of Terry’s endeavors in charity work. How can people get involved? What are ways the organization is making a difference? Do they have a website? Without a doubt, Terry’s story is inspiring, and people benefit from hearing about inspirational people(particularly inspiring children), but I wish there had been a bit more detail to the story.

  • Ron – Arizona said:

    This is an amazing story about a young man that took a bad circumstance and believed that God had a plan in his life. One he did not know what it was but believed it was for the good of others. What I liked also was that this young man began Karate lessons and is moving up the ranks in the Martial Arts. I am also in the martial arts and achieved the rank of Black Belt years ago. Go get em Terry. Trust in God with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him & HE Will Direct Your Path

  • rashmi – India said:

    This is really a great article. Terry is an inspiration for not only physically disabled but also for those who have lost the hope in their lives. I am sure that Terry Salvador Foundation would to be able to touch the lives and hearts of many more people who are in need.

  • Alan – Ohio said:

    At first glance, this sounds like a tragic story. However, it is because of the boy’s positive mindset, creativity, and bravery that we learn that not only does he live life to the fullest, but he realizes that he can make a difference because of his story. Instead of being depressed, he is playing basketball, swimming, and karate. He feels literally nothing can stop him from accomplishment, and how he will create a “Terry Salvador Foundation” which will create awareness for children with disabilities, and raise funds for the cause.

    I like this article because it is a heart-warming story that inspires people to live life to the fullest. Who would have guessed that 10 year old kid that was involved in a car accident would write a book series, start a Foundation, and participate in sports (more now than he did with his feet)?

  • Oliver S said:

    I read ‘Terry The Unstoppable’ and as far as the subject matter goes, it was inspiring. I could not imagine the strength and fortitude it would take someone to deal with losing the use of his legs at 10 years old.

    Terry had a story that people should hear about lest they take things like bike-rides for granted. I feel that the intent of the article was admirable and more of this needs to be on the Internet.

  • Carrie – Michigan said:

    This article was especially interesting to me because my own
    son has battled health issues/medical challenges all his life and has the same “take charge” mentality when it comes to his life. It was inspiring to read the story of Terry and his family overcoming
    his challenges. A great article!

  • Christopher – Canada said:

    It was a great human interest story and an inspiration to several others who may be forced to use a wheelchair. I love how the child is able to fight against being bitter but instead tries to make the most of his new situation. The story is powerful because it avoids being overly preachy or sappy. Instead, you’re just told about this child with an amazing spirit and ability to conquer his situation. A really important story for many to read, and allows most of us to get some perspective on our own situation.

    This is a fine site with stories that must be told.

  • Joan – North Carolina said:

    What I liked most about the article was that it dealt with a child. Most motivational articles deal with adults who are able to continue to pursue their career or family plans. However, for a child, this is of less concern than being able to continue to play, be accepted and make friends. I believe there are too few pediatric role models for children who must face great adversity, such as Terry.

    My only criticisms is that somewhere in the middle of the article, the author started saying “We” as in “We explained to Terry” but never explained her relationship to the boy. Was she a friend of the family? Was she a healthcare provider. It was a bit jarring to the reader to go from “He” and “them” to “we.” It was like she added a new character without any explanation.

    In addition, the author stated how afraid Terry was to start at a new school without explaining why he had to go to a new school. Did his family have to move to be closer to medical facilities? Could the old school not accommodate his needs? Again, it poses a question that remains unanswered.

    All in all, it was a very good, inspiring article with just a few areas I thought needed clarification.

  • Mark – Colorado said:

    I thought the subject material of “Terry the Unstoppable” was inspiring. His precocious nature was enlightening and his journey from bitterness to acceptance was touching. That said, I agree with Erik. I thought the piece only touched the surface of what the story is capable of. The writer could have utilized more specific instances of Terry’s resilience, maybe using more description to explain the setting in which Terry excels. From there, the writer could extrapolate the more encompassing tale of Terry’s triumph over tragedy. But, I would begin with specifics then spiral outwards towards the over-arching thesis.

  • Alex the editor said:

    Erik, I agree that putting in more information would be wonderful but the problem is this is an e-zine and articles that are greater than 600 words in length don’t get read. As a result, I caution my writers to pick the most important 600 words and I edit accordingly.

    It seems to me that every time I have allowed a writer to break this length restriction, readership of the article goes down. That said, I still believe some of the comments you made are solid and I will keep them in mind when I edit in the future. Thank you so much for your input and I’m glad you like the article. – Alex the Editor

  • Erik – Maryland said:

    Overall, I enjoyed and was even inspired by the story. I was most moved by Terry’s realization that the accident may have been part of a larger plan, and that it motivated him to help other children in similarly difficult situations. The drive he and his family displayed in setting up the Terry Salvador Foundation impressed me as well. The desire to do some good is one thing; taking action is another.

    In my opinion, the article also did an excellent job portraying the fears of a young person recently stricken by paralysis: What will my peers think of me? Will I be able to enjoy physical activity, push myself, and have fun? I felt genuinely happy for Terry when he successfully took up karate, had positive peer interaction at school, and discovered that he could still enjoy swimming. The swimming part resonated most with me because of a small detail provided by Ms. Barror–that Terry’s legs worked, luckily, as a flotation device rather than an anchor. That explanation made the article much more immediate to me, and I remembered how my own legs tend to sink in the water.

    I believe more details such as the above would have strengthened the article. We know that Terry had a very hard time in the beginning, but what exactly made moving from his wheelchair to his bed so difficult? What was the physical process he had to undertake? We know that Terry’s personal outlook improved while talking to his family, but what were the specific conversations that ignited the change?

    While Terry’s eventual shift to altruism impressed me, I wanted more information. The article simply said that Terry “evolved to the realization that the car accident may have happened for a reason.” What events brought on that realization? Was there an epiphany, or was it a gradual change in attitude?

    In my opinion, the article also needed more of Terry’s point of view. There are a few quotes from Terry himself, but not many. More direct or indirect speech from Terry would have made his story more real and more immediate.

    Lastly, I believe that the relationship between Terry and the author of the article should have been explained more clearly. In the beginning, the author seems like a third-person observer. She writes about Terry’s “communicating with his family members more.” Later, however, she starts using the pronoun “we” when she describes the interactions between Terry and his family. Finally, toward the end of the article the author uses “we family members.”

    The article would have been more personal and clearer if the author had disclosed her relationship with Terry at the very beginning: “The morning of August 23, 2010, started as a beautiful summer day for my 10-year-old (nephew, grandson, etc.) Terry.”

  • Amanda – Maryland said:

    This is a great article. Terry is an incredibly inspiring child and making the best of a terrible situation by starting his own foundation to have wheelchair sports available to other paralyzed individuals.

  • Leah – Minnesota said:

    The overall goal of your magazine is quite unique. I really enjoy learning about seemingly ordinary people who are able to perceive a new perspective on life, which greatly effects them and has the possibility of effecting others. Studying philosophy has taught me that anything is possible if you just believe in it and really try to make it happen. That may sound cliche; however, it is very true. People are able to overcome unbelievable circumstances if they take on the right attitude and attack their situation.

    In Terry’s case, people become paralyzed every day, but it is far from ordinary. The effect that such a loss would have on anyone is unimaginable. I would assume that most people would suffer from depression at some point during their recovery and that a number of people would never let it go. Terry is a great model of the opposite of despair; he is an illustration of hope for himself and others.

    The author of this article writes clearly and simplistically. When attempting to convey a message of any kind, it is important to communicate in this manner. Clarity is the foremost way that communication is exchanged and understood. The author’s use of quotations and specific information is enlightening, as well. It helps to understand the thinking of a ten-year-old. I like the snippets of information about Terry’s changing mood about video games and being able to swim again. It makes the article very relatable.

    I also like the use of photos. The first photo, of Terry in his karate uniform, is really great. Terry looks comfortable and happy. Who would have thought that a parapelegic could participate in karate. I would never have guessed it, but that is what is unique about Terry’s story. He won’t be held back by anything.

    One criticism I have about the article is the last transition going into explaining Terry’s cause and future. It seems a little abrupt and it also seems as if you are trying to sell something to the reader. Up until that point the article is simply an uplifting story about a young boy who is overcoming a struggle to move on with his life. It is comforting. After finishing the entire article, I realized the purpose of explaining Terry’s cause to the reader. Perhaps in an article of this length there is no better way to explain everything.

    Achieving social change is no easy task. So many people live with apathy that it seems almost impossible. I believe that, sometimes, all you can do is what you can do yourself; with the hope that people are watching and that they will follow you. It seems as if that is what you are trying to do with your magazine.

  • Cindy – Colorado said:

    I was impressed by the story, not because it was a literary work of art, but because it was written in very basic language that a kid Terry’s age could read and understand. This is important, because most of Terry’s inspirational message is directed to other kids his age.

    I think that the photos could have been better – higher resolution with better background, especially the wheelchair/karate pic and the one with playground swings, but overall, the story hits the mark. It explains the post-paralysis adjustment period from a kid’s perspective, and doesn’t try to sugar-coat it so it sounds less disturbing to children. Kids need to realize that bad things can happen to us at any time, and how we deal emotionally with our misfortunes is as important as how well we heal physically.

  • Kathleen – Minnesota said:

    It was an inspiring story. The writer did an adequate job of portraying the fears and difficulties that Terry had to overcome.

  • Ashley – Maryland said:

    As soon as I clicked on this article and the picture popped up of Terry in his karate outfit I knew I was going to enjoy the story. As I starting reading my heart hit my stomach as I read what happen to this cute little boy, it really hits me hard to think about a child getting hurt mainly when I have a little boy at home myself. To think of my own son losing his legs just brings tears to my eyes. Terry’s story really brings warm to your heart, what a amazing and strong little boy. The way the article was written was very good I think , it really felt like it was Terry himself telling his story to me and I could picture him in my mind as I read throw it. I think the site is great.

  • Holly – Columbia said:

    Reading the “Terry the Unstoppable” profile piece, I must say that I am touched and inspired.

    Reading about Terry’s growth of character after the accident is amazing. He was a great person to choose not just because of his struggle, but to give people a heads up about the charity he started.

    I really enjoyed the Stephen Hawking quote at the end to wrap it up.
    The picture of Terry in his Karate uniform as the main photo for the article is what initially drew my eye to the article. All the pictures for the story could have used photo captions though. While I know, or rather think, it is Terry pictured in the swimming pool I can’t really be sure. I also have no idea what the swing set photo is about.

  • Kevin – Colorado said:

    I cannot imagine what I would do in a situation where I lost my ability to walk, but this young boy has the character and drive to overcome his loss and charge forth to inspire and help others.
    I took a look at your website and I like what I see. I am into your writing style and think you address and engage important issues.

  • Jeff H said:

    This article means a lot to me since I have a daughter with severe autism. I know how it feels to be less than perfect, to be outside, to be disabled. Terry’s courage, spirit, and sense of play inspire me.
    All in all, I enjoyed the article quite a bit.

  • jeffrey -- New York said:

    Though it recounts a tragic story written by a family member that transformed people’s lives , the article buries the lead of Terry taking what happened to him and making it a force for good.

    Readers would have been better served by an article that introduced both the accident and the idea of establishing the foundation in the lead, then balancing the loss of Terry’s legs and how he handled that to his epiphany that led him to create the Terry Salvador Foundation.

  • Corey Vinston said:

    Wow, the strength, courage and determination of a young mind is hard to find. In this case a kid with an unfailing mind is more valuable as a role model than having the self pity as stated. You dont find children these days with this sense of influence or will power due to the demand of attention from video games.

    Terry could have easily indulged his life to motionless, mind trashing video games. He could have give in to the fact that the ball isn’t in his court anymore, but he proved that there is more to life than just giving up. Terry proves that there are more ways to stand your own grounds. There are other ways to survive and most importantly theres more than one way to stand up to lifes challenges. To this young man, I tip my hat, he’s a brave soldier to look up to and follow in my book.

  • John Michael Stuart said:

    Terry’s story testifies to the resiliency of the human spirit, that very real part of us that can transcend our perceived limitations. The question of the utmost significances is, are we going to use our free will to bask in self-pity because of unfortunate circumstances or are we going to move beyond them? It is obvious what course Terry took. He made the choice to creatively adapt to a life in a paralyzed body after being in an auto accident.

    Adopting to his new life, making the human spirit soar did not come without effort and physical as well emotional discomfort. At first, he journeyed through the emotions of denial and anger. But through the pain he found the way to move forward, accomplishing what he set out to do with his life.

    In living with a physical disability of my own, Cerebral Palsy, I was reminded of my own fears while going through my adolescent and early adult years of not fitting in. While we each have a different story to tell, we share the commonalty of having the opportunity to grow stronger through our adversities. Life does not have to be free sailing in order to provide the rich textures of experience that ultimately provides purpose and meaning.

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