Making a Difference

Do you make a difference?  I have a story about the most inspiration funeral I have been to. Yes, you read that right, inspirational.  It was for Scott Crane, a 23-year old who suffered from a special form of muscular dystrophy.  But that didn’t stop Scott.  He was a stellar volunteer at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, one of the nation’s top rehab hospitals.  In fact a former patients’ mothers spoke at the funeral, and said her son had no desire or energy to live until he met Scott.  After Scott spent time with him, he is now fully recovered, walking, and doing well.

But that’s not all. Scott loved food and loved to cook.  What started by having a counselor who was a cook come to his house and cook together turned into a full-fledged nonprofit charity that helps individuals with special needs by providing cooking therapy with renowned chefs. In Chef’s Hands  is the name of this charity and the chefs involved said they get far more than they give and how Scott inspired all of them.  The objective is to offer a distraction, a welcomed respite from the distress that often accompanies these individuals’ conditions, hence—using food as therapy for the soul.

Need more?  One of Scott’s jobs was working at a local restaurant at the food court and delivering food with his wheelchair.  The restaurant took steps to make sure the front and back were fully accessible and the owner was totally supportive.  So much so that when one customer came in and said “I don’t want to catch what he has,” he was given the option of changing his opinion or going elsewhere.

By the way, Scott will be honored on the annual Jerry Lewis Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy telethon as national volunteer of the year.  He found out the week before he passed away that he won this honor.

Scott Crane was a giant in a wheelchair in his too short 23 years.  What does this say to you?  How motivated does this make you that if someone wheelchair bound could do all of this, make such an impact on everyone around him, what can you do without MD?  As I said in my previous blog, you get far more than you give, and all of it is learning, growing, expanding your skills and abilities.  Think about what you can do to make a difference, and when you do, realize the lives you may be touching as you do.


About hprager

Father, husband, brother and son. Delighted to be friends and mentor to so many wonderful people. Passionate about: leadership, learning and development, education, nature and the environment, youth, music, jazz, the tuba, Israeli dancing, networking and helping others, humor, laughter, swimming, hiking, the Cubs, Northwestern athletics, theater, musicals, concerts, traveling and making new friends wherever I go. Helping the world be a better place when I leave it.
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