This weekend The New York Times is running a story, photo slideshow, and video about Damian Lopez Alfonso. Damian's story is one of incredible resilience and strength.
Damian is currently in the States thanks to an amazing community of cyclists who have embraced him. I have to give a special shout-out to my brother-in-law, sister, and nieces with whom Damian has been staying while recovering from his operations.
I so appreciate much of this story: Damian's own determination, outlook, and talent, but also this group of cyclists who stepped up to help a guy they hadn't met. As the article's author, J. David Goodman, says, "Whatever the reason, the cyclists who have rallied around Mr. Lopez took their common interest and used it to turn the big city into a small town, a place where bonds form by chance and compelling need is met with overwhelming generosity."
Don't we all need to hear stories of human kindness and generosity?
You can read The NYTimes' article here. I expect we'll be hearing more about Damian come the 2012 Paralympics.
Ride, Damian, ride.