Profiles in Resilience

Resources in Resilience: The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart

April 11, 2019
Reviewed By: Greg Doyle Greg Doyle serves as One Summit's Senior Manager of Communications & Development.  Hopes.  Dreams.  Goals.  Regardless of what we call them, we all have things we want for our lives.  Some are small.  Others are much bigger, requiring a tactical approach, sacrifice and skills such as teamwork, problem-solving and courage. Just as we all have dreams, all of us encounter obstacles as we pursue the very things we desire.  Some are small.  Others are much bigger, making our goals and hopes appear – at times – impossible.  As we learned from Dan Cnossen’s Profile in Resilience, those who choose and learn how to move forward in the face…
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Profiles in Resilience: Dan Cnossen

March 11, 2019
By: Greg Doyle Greg Doyle serves as One Summit's Senior Manager of Communications & Development.  “It’s really gratifying to have that one-on-one interaction with the kids, teaching them climbing skills and some valuable life lessons.” – Dan Cnossen The life lessons Dan Cnossen can teach are endless. Each one is tied to a deeply transformative experience he’s had in his own life. Some have been triumphant. Others traumatic. All have shaped his perspective on resilience and the person he is today. Lesson #1: “If you never confront the fear, you miss out on the opportunity.” – Dan Cnossen Growing up on a fifth-generation family farm in Kansas taught Dan many things. The…
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Resources in Resilience: Healing After Loss by Martha W. Hickman

February 27, 2019
Reviewed By:  Steve Hardy Steve serves on One Summit's Board of Directors.  He and his wife Donna live in Durham, NH.   Some of the smallest books in my library pack the biggest wallop of insights and wisdom.  One of these is Martha W. Hickman’s Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief.  Hickman (1925 - 2015) wrote essays, fiction and children’s books, but Healing After Loss is her best-known work.  As a scholar, a church and community worker, and a mother who tragically lost her sixteen-year-old daughter, she understood the twisting trek of grief, its daily challenges and opportunities.  She is an excellent travel companion. At 4x6 inches in size, Healing After…
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Profiles in Resilience: Rachael Fussell

January 24, 2019
By: Steve Hardy Steve serves on One Summit's Board of Directors.  He and his wife Donna live in Durham, NH.   As we waited for the kids from Dana-Farber to arrive by police escort, everyone at the very first Climb for Courage in 2014 was a little nervous. How quickly could these young cancer patients bond with the platoon-sized group of grizzled Navy SEALs? How fast would the mutual trust flow? Meanwhile, one person was coolly climbing to various perches on the different walls, camera in tow, checking for angles, visualizing shots of young dreamers reaching their goals. Her athleticism and composure radiated a steady confidence. That continued as the patients arrived, and soon the…
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Resources in Resilience: The Story You Need To Tell by Sandra Marinella

December 19, 2018
Photo Credit: Sandra Marinella Reviewed By: Steve Hardy Steve serves on One Summit's Board of Directors.  He and his wife Donna live in Durham, NH.   Humans are hardwired for stories.  Myths, mysteries, tragedies, comedies — in poems, films, theater, books, or cartoons.  The form, medium or place matter less than the tales themselves, full of challenges, journeys, obstacles, heroes, mentors, villains, twists and turns, and finally conclusions that bring change to characters and lessons to readers and viewers. In The Story You Need To Tell, Sandra Marinella shows us how to write and rewrite our personal stories in ways that can scoop us from the craters of seismic trauma that threaten us at…
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Profiles in Resilience: Executive Director, Dianne M. Lynch

November 16, 2018
By: Steve Hardy Steve serves on One Summit's Board of Directors.  He and his wife Donna live in Durham, NH.   One Summit is sharing Dianne's inspiring story to commemorate the anniversary of Jack's passing on November 18th and celebrate the Lynch's journey of resilience.  In the fifteen years after her UMass graduation, Dianne McCaffrey Lynch enjoyed a successful career and a happy life.  She made a mark in professional sports, with the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, the New England Revolution, and Major League Soccer.  She met and married Ed Lynch.  Their first child Jack was a toddler with, in her words, “glacier blue eyes, an impish smile, and a rambunctious personality that kept his dad…
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Resources in Resilience: Upside – The New Science of Post-Traumatic Growth

October 16, 2018
Photo Credit: Jim Rendon By: Steve Hardy Steve serves on One Summit's Board of Directors.  He and his wife Donna live in Durham, NH.   In 2004, D. J. Skelton was a young second lieutenant, fresh out of West Point, leading a rifle platoon in Fallujah, Iraq, when his unit was heavily attacked. He suffered grievous wounds that eventually took an eye and significant mobility in a hand and leg. The pain was so intense, he later told ABC News, "I wanted to die right then.” But he didn’t. And despite countless, grueling surgeries, he pushed on, co-founded a charity that took wounded warriors like himself on outdoor adventure trips, returned to combat in…
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Profiles in Resilience: Salma Costa and “The Day I Got to be a Navy SEAL”

August 31, 2018
At the age of three, Salma Costa was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer.  After multiple brain surgeries, nine months of chemotherapy, radiation and various trail adaptive therapies, she sadly lost her battle with the disease at just the age of seven on August 31, 2017.    One Summit is sharing the Costa’s inspiring story to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Salma’s passing and celebrate the Costa’s journey of resilience.  This letter – titled “The Day I Got to be a Navy SEAL” – was read by Salma’s mother, Fabiana at this year’s Mentor Training Dinner the night before Climb for Courage, Boston.  It describes Salma’s Climb for Courage,…
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Resources in Resilience: Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield

August 20, 2018
Photo Credit:  Paulette J. Saure  By:  Steve Hardy Steve serves on One Summit's Board of Directors.  He and his wife Donna live in Durham, NH.   Most Navy SEALs avoid books about Navy SEALs.  One exception is Fearless, featured in our June Resources in Resilience blog.  SEALs do, however, read widely for inspiration, and one of their favorites is Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield.  It describes the ancient Spartans and their heroic stand against the vast Persian army at Thermopylae in 480 BCE.  My son Nate recommended the book when he sent me a DVD of the movie 300, with Gerard Butler as Spartan King Leonidas. “Read the book, watch the movie,”…
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Profiles in Resilience: Kimi Schroder

July 16, 2018
By:  Steve Hardy Steve serves on One Summit's Board of Directors.  He and his wife Donna live in Durham, NH.   The young girl faced an audience of hardened men, all with many deployments to war torn regions around the world.  She was the keynote speaker.  They watched her intently.  She was up to the challenge.  “Hi.  My name is Kimi and I have been fighting cancer for over seven years.  In all this time, I NEVER let cancer limit me nor do I EVER let cancer define who I am.  I am bigger and stronger than cancer and I plan on beating this and going on to accomplish great things.” It was the…
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Resources in Resilience: Adam Brown – Resilient Warrior

June 25, 2018
By:  Steve Hardy Steve serves on One Summit's Board of Directors.  He and his wife Donna live in Durham, NH.   When we arrived at Norfolk airport on February 5, 2008 – the day after we learned our son Nate was killed in action – a tall, handsome, dark-haired guy introduced himself at the baggage claim area.  It was Adam Brown.  He told us he was on Nate’s SEAL team.  He had trained with Nate, was rehabbing an injury – and thus not in Iraq – and would be helping us navigate the details of Nate’s death and burial.  He was so genuine, so easygoing, and so friendly that we all felt a sense…
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Profiles in Resilience: Founder, Adam La Reau – The Journey to One Summit

May 18, 2018
By:  Steve Hardy Steve serves on One Summit's Board of Directors.  He and his wife Donna live in Durham, NH.   Adam La Reau has never let an obstacle stop his forward progress.  His strength lies in his heart and his will.  After graduating from high school, he entered the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy with a plan to go straight to the water — at the Navy SEAL’s Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training in Coronado, California.  No one from the Academy had ever done that. Until Adam La Reau. You don’t make it as a SEAL if you can’t focus on meeting the challenge right in front of you, break it down into achievable steps,…
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Profiles in Resilience: The Story of Nate and Josh Hardy

March 7, 2018
By:  Steve Hardy Steve Hardy serves on One Summit's Board of Directors.  He and his wife Donna live in Durham, NH.   January 6, 2018 marked twenty-five years since our oldest son Josh died of brain cancer.  Donna and I drove to Ogunquit, Maine and walked the Marginal Way, one of his favorite places.  Less than a month later we were at Arlington National Cemetery where we visited his brother Nate’s grave and observed the 10th anniversary of his death in action during a Navy SEAL raid on a suicide bomb cell in Iraq.  The pain of these losses never leaves and at any moment it can crash over us like the big waves…
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