Tuesday, March 07, 2006

The Remarkable Dana Reeve

Dana Reeve died this week of complications from lung cancer. She'd faced, with love and grace, at the tender age of 34, the permanent paralysis of her husband, Christopher Reeve (Superman), fought for better treatment options for the paralyzed, lost him to bed sores (imagine dying because you can't move to relieve the pressure of sitting or lying down in one position too long). She lost her husband and, soon afterward, was diagnosed with lung cancer.

NPR's Melissa Block interviews a key staffer at the Chistopher Reeve Foundation.

What makes this noteworthy for us and particularly for us in business is her remarkably she lived her life. When asked in Novenber, how she kept her spirits up she said "I had a great model. ... I was married to a man who never gave up."

Not after so many kicks in the pants in such a short period of time.

Seth Godin, in his book The Big Moo : Stop Trying to Be Perfect and Start Being Remarkable, challenged us to be remarkable in our businesses and business dealings. Much of what we see as remarkable is what happens when we're remarkably bad or stupid (Enron, Martha Stewart, Gary Glitter, etc.), but we see little of what it takes to be, well, remarkably good, remarkably steadfast, remarkably committed. Dana did that.

Thank you.