This will be a different kind of post on beauty. Today myself, and countless other people, are mourning the loss of a truly beautiful person. His name is Jason Pisano and I want to share with you some things about this amazing human being. He was a person unlike anyone I’ve ever known and it was a gift to have seen God work through him.
You see, Jason was born with cerebral palsy. While some may look at him with great sadness to have such a disability, Jason took what people may consider a weakness and made it his greatest strength. I went to junior high and high school with Jason (yes, 20 years ago, ouch) and was awestruck by someone who never saw obstacles in life, only opportunities. Thanks to Facebook, I re-connected with Jay a few years ago to see what incredible feats he had accomplished over the years. Jay went on to graduate from UConn with a degree in journalism, he was a freelancer for several newspapers, was a motivational speaker, recently completed writing a book he hoped to have published, but most amazing of all? He completed 52 marathons! He was one of the torch bearers for the 1996 Olympics and he ran in the Boston Marathon. Jason had been wheelchair bound his entire life, had no use of his hands and had a speech impediment– and if you thinking running a marathon is difficult with two feet…imagine doing it in a wheelchair with CP and using only your left foot.
For everyone that knew Jason, he was an inspiration. “Impossible is Nothing” was Jason’s slogan and catchphrase. He had such drive, such passion, such commitment for helping others realize their full potential. His love, his sense of humor and joy were contagious. This is the kind of person you can only hope to have in your life. Jason was full of life and his achievements are uplifting.
But last night, after several days in a coma and after just completing his 52nd marathon in honor of his grandmother, Jason has passed away leaving behind what can only be described as a legacy of honor, integrity, and motivation that this world is not filled with impossibilities or despair, but with opportunities looking to be discovered. Jason, in your passing, you have given us all a beautiful gift. I can only hope that you knew how hard I was praying for you to pull through, but I also know that your legacy is now in our hands to continue what you accomplished in your short time here. I will make it a point in my daily life to try to inspire others as you did.
Jason overcame the odds in life and I’d love to see his book get published as a result. If you know of a publisher that would be interested, please contact me and I can get you in touch with his family. Here’s the video of Jay’s final marathon completed just a few weeks ago: