You may not know Tatyana McFadden. Her life story is remarkable.
Tatyana was born in Russia (1988) with a physical condition known as spina bifida – she was paralyzed from the waist down.
Her mother gave her to an orphanage, an orphanage that was so poor it did not provide a wheelchair for Tatyana. Without that support, she used her hands as legs for the first six years of her life.
Then, in 1994, as noted on her website, “Debbie McFadden, working as the commissioner of disabilities for the U.S. Health Department, visited Tatyana’s orphanage on a business trip. When she met Tatyana, she immediately felt a connection with the young girls and decided to adopt her and bring her to the United States.”
And today (Sunday, Nov 3, 2013), Tatyana won the Women’s Wheelchair Division of the New York City Marathon.
The human spirit is strong and resilient … and it’s a lesson worth sharing.