Imagine crawling on your hands and knees for nine hours for eleven days straight through dicey terrain in Papua, New Guinea, to raise awareness for the important causes of depression and men’s health.

That’s exactly what wheelchair marathoner and paralympic medalist, Kurt Fearnley, has done. The power athlete, who was born missing part of his spine, credits his family for raising him with a big can-do spirit and for fully including him in life. As a result, he’s succeeded at one one terrific life adventure after another.

Stories like this one remind me that most of our perceived roadblocks are in our minds, and that through their words and actions, parents hold the power to change the lives of their children with special needs for good. No more excuses.

Read Wheelchair Marathon Winner Kurt Fearnley Makes Historic Hike here, and be inspired.

What’s holding you back from achieving your dreams?

Photo Judy Winter 2011