Being a lover of all things Philly, I follow updates on Twitter for key words. Recently a story popped up that touched me in so many ways. Check out this woman’s journey to fulfill a life long dream of climbing the “Rocky Steps” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Glenda Watson Hyatt was born with cerebral palsy, mostly affecting her muscle coordination, balance and speech, created her drive and determination to live life to the fullest even more prominent. This “this I’ll-do-it-myself girl” really exudes the definition of amazing.
After watching a Rocky movie marathon with her husband, she secretly added climbing the Museum steps to her Bucket list in 2011, which came true not even a year later this past July thanks to the help of Wish Upon A Hero.
Imagine taking this amazing adventure and the Rolling Trumpet Ensemble from Rowan University is on deck playing the Rocky theme song “Gonna Fly Now.” Ahhhh, getting goose bumps just thinking about it. She said after she heard the first few chords she thought, “I found my feet…I felt like I floated up the first two levels!” Rocky impersonator on one arm and supporters all around, her trip up the stairs was a memorable one to say the least.
“Indescribable because so many small moments had been pieced together to create that one moment and because so many people had played a role. I now had a view of Philadelphia that I had only seen in a 33 year old movie. How many people get the opportunity to experience that?” Such a true statement so many others would overlook.
“In my lifetime I have always made my own path, taken the road less travel, mainly because there was no one out in front leading the way for me. For a brief moment, it was nice to stand in someone else’s shoes…or footsteps…to absorb everything that Rocky represents.”
Thanks for being a fabulous role model, Glenda, so happy you made this adventurous journey!
Read all about Glenda and her “I’ll do it myself” attitude and follow her on Twitter: @GlendaWH.
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