Thursday, January 13, 2011

Overcoming a Great Loss with Soccer

Sometimes our lives seem hopeless, but we have to find something to live for. 
This is a tall order.  However, rather than giving up, we must get on with life, not only for ourselves, but for our families and those who care and love us.
Dwelling on our misfortunes, not only keeps us down, but it brings down others around us.  It takes strength to look past our losses, but that is exactly what some amputees in Haiti are doing. Thousands had to have their limbs amputated so they could be lifted out of the 2010 earthquake rubble, or lost limbs to dangerous infection.  
MacKendy Francois lost his leg in the earthquake, but he now plays soccer for the Haiti Men's Amputee National Team. The International Institute of Sport (IIOS) based in Texas, set up the team.  The mission of (IIOS) is to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities in the less economically developed countries worldwide.
"It is something I love and God created this possibility for me," says Francois before a match Monday against Zaryen, another team formed after the earthquake. "He created something for me to live for right now."
You can donate to the IIOS by visiting there website here

The game marked the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 12th magnitude-7.0 quake that killed more than 220,000 people and left millions homeless in Haiti. (AP photo)

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