Henry Nachman, Jr. has participated in The Prouty since ‘92.
Henry Nachman, Jr., A Prouty Veteran
Over 3,000 participants walk, run, bike or row in The Prouty each year; one of those is is Lebanon’s Henry Nachman, Jr. A very few can boast they participated for over 25 years straight in The Prouty. Henry, who took part in his first Prouty in 1992, is one of those few. Once a Prouty cyclist, today Henry participates as a walker, challenging the 12k walking course. “Not bad for a 90-year-old,” Henry says.
As is true with so many participants, Henry has a special connection with the goals of the Prouty, and the work of the NCCC. “My wife was treated for cancer at the NCCC,” Henry says.
One of the great benefits participants and volunteers experience taking part in The Prouty is the camaraderie. “Not only are people doing good,” Henry says, “They have a good time doing it. It is like a big country fair.”
All of the planning, the hard work of the participants and volunteers, and the strong unity among all, makes for impressive results. Each of the last two years, The Prouty raised about $3 million for cancer research and support, with a similar goal targeted for this year.
That money raised portends great future advances, says Henry Nachman. “All the money we raise stays here and is used as seed money for research that in many instances results in grants for major breakthroughs in the future.”
If you’ve never participated, or supported a Prouty participant, there is still time. The dates for this year’s Prouty are July 12 and 13.
Frank enjoying the beach in Florida this winter
Frank Orlowski: A Journey for Acceptance
Despite the hardships we face in the journey towards a healthy, productive life, perseverance, moving ever forward, is the choice that often results in the most benefits to our well being.
Several years back, I developed a neurological disorder, that has greatly deteriorated my physical abilities. Despite the condition, I’ve been able, with the help of others, to live a productive, and yes, enjoyable life. I credit so many who’ve assisted me to that end, including Jen MacMillen, the publisher of the Lebanon, Quechee, and the Norwich Times, who, despite my obvious limitations, entrusts me to help her produce these fine publications.
Others I commend include the health care professionals at DHMC, who always are kind, supportive, and helpful. And the most important source of help and support, my wife Mary Ellen.
Having written many short pieces dealing with my ordeal, and journey, I hope you enjoy the following I’ve chosen to share with you.
Been thinking a great deal about support lately. What a necessity that is to anyone desiring a serene, healthy, and complete life. And what an important gift we can offer to others; support.
For many of us, when we are young, and full of hubris, support is something we neglect. Often, the self confidence of youth results in the feeling that we can handle anything on our own. Time, events, and circumstances soon bring us to reality, however.
Support is a commitment of time; and time is our most valued commodity. We can replace things that are given, or lost, but we cannot replace time. Giving of one’s time, in support of someone else, is a true gift from the heart, and soul.
Support can come from many sources. We may have close friends or family we can count on for support, but those are no guarantee. We all know of fair weather friends that quickly disappear when support is needed most. No, support requires a feeling of connection, of caring. I feel support from some I haven’t seen in years, or may never have met in person, while others I may see almost daily are not sources of support. Support does not depend on physical proximity.
Support may come in many forms, but two I believe are most important are in the forms of words, and listening. I love how a few words of encouragement, or inspiration, offered in a spirit of sincerity, can bolster the spirit. In the same way, truly listening to someone in need can offer such a boost, even when a response is not forthcoming, or necessary.
I truly hope all of you have sources of support when needed. I am confident, that when the need arises, others will be able to rely on your supportive nature.
Enjoy the day given to us, and as I’ve heard it said often, be well, and do good things.
I love the word resiliency. Not because of the way it rolls off your tongue when you pronounce it, but the way it can impact our lives. So much in life is resilient. The earth is resilient; just look at the way it recovers from a wildfire, or a volcano. It may take time, and the environment will be different afterwards, but resilient it is.
Not only does the earth exhibit resiliency, we do as well. Though our physical body may prove resilient at times, I’m really talking in terms of our spirit. Who among us has not encountered a difficulty that set us back spiritually? It may have resulted from a serious injury or sickness, a death, or a great, unexpected challenge to our emotional self; a major betrayal, for instance. Yet in the face of any of these circumstances, we go on. Possibly wiser, possibly weaker physically or emotionally, but we continue onward.
Having resiliency of spirit does not mean we return to our former selves, before a traumatic experience. It means that we weather the particular storm, and take off in the direction our life leads us. That may be a direction we never considered before. We carry the scars, physical or emotional, with us, but still we continue.
What is it about the spirit that allows us to be resilient, in the face of tragedy? For me, it is faith. Faith in life, faith in the Creator, which leads to faith in myself. Others may find determination, or the support of those around them results in their resiliency. Still, even for those, I believe faith acts as the basis for resilience.
In my case, short of a miracle, I know my body will not recover to its former self; it is not resilient. But my spirit continues to strengthen. To be resilient to the point of exceeding its former level, and for that, I am truly grateful. May it be so for all of you as well.