Johnny Molloy: "Rising to the Challenge"

Rising to the Challenge

Jose Tamayo loves the Peace River. Before he lost his sight Jose Tamayo used to float this scenic Florida waterway, curving along with its curves, shaded by overhanging live oaks and palm trees. Jose Tamayo has felt the soft sandbars under his feet. Jose Tamayo has smelled the wildflowers in adjacent meadows. Jose Tamayo has dipped his blade into the flowing tan water, and pushed himself downriver, waiting to see what was around the next bend.

Jose Tamayo wants to paddle the Peace River again. Jose Tamayo is going to paddle the Peace River again. You see, despite losing his sight Jose Tamayo is going to paddle the Peace River for his daughter. Rather than sitting around feeling sorry for himself because he can't see he is going to paddle the Peace River -- with a friend -- to raise awareness for cystic fibrosis. See, his daughter was born with cystic fibrosis.

It won't be easy for Jose, even though he has paddled the Peace River before. He will be in the back of the canoe, guiding the watercraft and his passenger in the bow. They will have to work together, sliding over shallows, skirting fallen logs, and taking on occasional speedy currents.

Life isn't easy for his daughter. To be born with cystic fibrosis is a challenge. God has a plan for us all and sometimes we don't understand why things are the way they are. But we can try to do something about them.

And by rising to the challenge of paddling the Peace River without sight, Jose wants to challenge all of us to help work on a cure for cystic fibrosis. I for one am proud of Jose Tamayo  because he is stepping up to the plate – er, rather sitting down in the canoe -- and working his way toward the goal of curing cystic fibrosis.

I am going to support Jose Tamayo in his endeavor. I hope you do to.

Johnny Molloy

June 17, 2011