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When you walk/roll though a storm, hold your head up high

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When a song inspires you, it’s a message for you. And for this Richmond Disability Examiner, the song "You’ll Never Walk Alone" recently sent a message of HOPE to me.

Although the lyrics indicates WALK, it can also be translated into ROLL as well. As a Disability Advocate, I have seen many incredible men, women and children ROLL through their storms with their head held HIGH.

The song, “You’ll Never Walk Alone” was written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, who wrote it for their musical Carousel in 1945. It was performed in the musical by the aptly named character – Nettie Fowler. The lyrics were written by Hammerstein, with Rodgers composing the music.

When you walk through a storm, hold your head up high
And don’t be afraid of the dark
At the end of the storm, there’s a golden sky
And the sweet, silver song of a lark

Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown

Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone
You’ll never walk alone

Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone
You’ll never walk alone

This song was also the closing song for Jerry Lewis at the Muscular Dystrophy Telethon for many years; a song that brought tears to millions of people.

My sister, Cathy Porter, Ms. Wheelchair MD 2007 and recipient of the Ms. Wheelchair America People’s Choice Award is my Hero; a women who has ROLLED her way through many storms. Through her determination and ability to hold her head up high through the roughest of storms, she has taught me the meaning of this song.

Storms can come fast and furious for people with disabilities. But through their family, friends and community, they have a support team to help.

There are resources and volunteers eager to help through the storms of life.

Contact your specific disability non-profit for information and resources. To locate your local branch, contact the national corporate office website for local information:

You will never WALK or ROLL alone through your storms as long as there are family, friends and local advocates who give of their time, energies and resources to help you weather your storm.

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