Part 3 of my five-part Heroes for My Children Series. Read Part 1 here: https://radical7even.wordpress.com/2012/06/02/heroes-for-my-children-part-2audrey/ and Part 2: https://radical7even.wordpress.com/2012/05/18/heroes-for-my-children-part-1audrey/
Walt Disney had a dream, and he never let his failures derail this dream. He had several animation companies that went failed but he always started a new project. After Universal sneakily procured the rights to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Disney’s claim to fame, he created Mickey Mouse. When he decided to make an animated full length version of Snow White, his family and friends tried to talk him out of it. What the industry called “Disney’s Folly,” the pcituree was the highest grossing film in 1928. It made $8 million (which today would be more than 122 Million). Disney won many awards for his animated shorts and character creations. He pioneered the idea that animated productions could contain character with real emotions and meaty plots that taught right and wrong. It may have taken the Disney Company, 78 years to get the rights to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit back, but Walt himself never gave up on his dreams. These dreams still delight the young and old to this day.
All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.
You may know Carrie McGavock from her fictional portrayal in Robert Hick’s Widow of the South. This richly descriptive and emotional tale tells the story of the real life McGavock. Her and her husband John owned a huge plantation outside of Franklin, Tennessee. After the Civil War battle of Franklin in 1864, Carrie and her family took care of over 300 soldiers in the plantation, and hundreds more were scattered on their property. Carrie made breakfast the next morning for the surviving solider, the hem of her dress covered in blood. But the story doesn’t end there. The Southern soldiers were buried in shallow graves of the battle field with simple wooden crosses marking the graves. But these markers did not last long in the Tennessee weather. The McGavocks donated two acres of their land to bury the soldiers and the town donated the money for the graves. Carrie would care for these graves, preserving the identities of the solider for until her death 41 years later. She understood that no matter the war, no matter the side, solider deserved respect, especially in death.
Until I get the keys to the Kingdom, Lord, I ain’t giving up.
― Robert Hicks, The Widow of the South
This name is probably very unknown to non-kidney patients. Hartwell began kidney procedures at the age of two an since then has 39 surgeries, 13 years of dialysis, and four kidney transplants. One would think that after all that, the disease would get the best of her. But it hasn’t–instead she has become a major advocate for kidney disease. She is the founder of the Renal Support Network, a peer led network to help other patients met non-medical needs. Projects include the Renal Teen Prom and “KidneyTalk!” radio show. Her goal was to help others with kidney understand there is hope. Her book Chronic Happiness was the first novel to be published nationally by a kidney patient. She has traveled the county, Canada and South Africa to share her inspirational story with others. She is kidney patient, a kidney advocate, and, for this kidney patient, an inspiration.
An illness is too demanding when you don’t have hope.