Profiles in Resilience

Profiles in Resilience – In Her Own Words

April 16, 2021
By: Ashley Johnson, One Summit Young Professional Board Member I first learned about One Summit and its mission from a co-worker whose husband was a mentor. The concept of pairing Navy SEALs with children fighting cancer struck a chord close to my heart. I come from a family with a long-standing investment in the military, and at the time I was a rock climber myself. I decided that I wanted to get involved with this unique organization and I reached out to volunteer and present a fundraising idea that I had. On June 5th, 2019, I threw my first fundraiser at Mighty Squirrel Brewery in Waltham Massachusetts. It was such an amazing feeling to…
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Profiles in Resilience – The Story Behind the Nate WOD Challenge

March 19, 2021
By: Maria Papandreou, One Summit Manager of Development & Communications 2 – 4 – 8 At first glance, just a set of numbers, but they have significant meaning to many who knew Nate Hardy. The numbers mark February 4, 2008 - the day Nate made the ultimate sacrifice. These numbers are now also part of the annual Nate WOD Challenge in which participating CrossFit boxes and individuals complete the WOD and raise funds in honor of Nate & Josh Hardy. Nate, a Navy SEAL, Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient, and hero killed in action, along with his brother Josh, who lost his battle to childhood cancer, represent One Summit’s mission of uniting…
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Profiles in Resilience – Welcome New One Summit Board Members!

February 18, 2021
By: Maria Papandreou, One Summit Manager of Development & Communications What makes a great non-profit board member? Some of the most significant board members started their journey to service with nothing but a passion for the organization and an innate desire to do good. This desire, coupled with certain qualities such as being dedicated and committed to the mission, leading and influencing others, being knowledgeable, and valuing discretion, make board members an asset to a non-profit's success. Our newest One Summit Board Members have a strong commitment to our cause and are devoted to advancing the organization's mission. They are accomplished individuals who bring with them experiences that will be invaluable to…
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Resources in Resilience: The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World, by Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abrams NY: 2016

January 15, 2021
Reviewed by Steve Hardy, One Summit Contributor “Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional.” So goes an old adage quoted in this book. In many ways, it is central to our understanding of resilience and to One Summit’s mission. All of us must bear the stings of life, including disease, serious injuries, and the deaths of loved ones. Some endure more than others. We will naturally grieve our losses, but we need not stay fixed in despair. As disabled Army veteran D.J. Skelton put it (quoted in our blog on Upside: The New Science of Post-Traumatic Growth): “I can either dwell on what happened and be miserable and pissy and complain…Or I can…
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Hang on to Hope

December 16, 2020
By: Maria Papandreou Maria serves as One Summit's Manager of Development & Communications Hang on to hope…a fitting motto for 2020…and 2021! It has been a remarkable year. One that brought new challenges, changed the way we live and how we connect with each other. Our world has been shaken; our mental and physical strength tested daily. This year provided us with the opportunity to learn a lot about ourselves. 2020 presented us with a question; Do we let the fear of the unknown take over, or will we adapt to this new adversity in our lives? Resilience played a critical role in answering that question. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, "RESILIENCE"…
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Profiles in Resilience: Christina

November 16, 2020
By: Kara Pogue, One Summit Contributor and Team Leader Behind each One Summit Climb for Courage are several unsung heroes who make the event go off without a hitch. Like their husbands, they are quiet professionals who work tirelessly to get things done, not for credit and notoriety, but the greater good. They are Navy SEAL spouses and significant others, and they serve as One Summit's Team Leaders. Christina is one such leader, who shares her time and heart, serving our participants and their families. She has volunteered alongside her husband at four or five One Summit events over the years; she's lost count. But she's always happy to help, and she brings…
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Growth After Trauma – Dr. Richard Tedeschi

October 23, 2020
2020 is permeated with trauma, resilience, and growth. During this upheaval of all things familiar, many of us turn to family, friends, and professionals to help us navigate the overwhelming amount of stress and emotion that flood every moment of our days. At One Summit, our community is filled with experts of all ages with skills garnered through their own life experiences with cancer, combat, loss, and now an unforeseen pandemic. Driven by our mission, we have been at the forefront of addressing trauma and building resilience since our founding in 2014. We have been fortunate to access the knowledge and support of Dr. Richard Tedeschi, applying his study of Posttraumatic Growth…
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Profiles in Resilience: The Sterling Family

January 23, 2020
Photo Credit: Colleen Elizabeth Photography By: Greg Doyle Greg Doyle serves as One Summit's Senior Manager of Communications & Development.  At One Summit, we believe there is an opportunity embedded in each challenge and setback we inevitably encounter in life. Those who have endured any form of trauma or adversity only to emerge stronger share this very sentiment. And it’s clear why: they’ve reached a “peak” and, as a result, have a new perspective on the deep, dark “valleys” traversed along the way. The Sterlings are a perfect example of this: “While we would never want to go through this again and never wish this upon anyone, we did really learn a lot…
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Resources in Resilience: Bryan Doerries and The Power of Stories

December 30, 2019
By: Steve Hardy Steve serves on One Summit's Board of Directors. He and his wife Donna live in Durham, NH.   Famine, Plague, War, Enslavement, Disease, Death. In our time on this planet, humans have both caused and endured many seismic traumas. Survivors grieve their losses of family, friends, limbs, homes, health, and more.  But many climb back from the depths of grief and it numbness, its disruption of thought and sleep, its sense of hopelessness, its self-blame. Stories of loss and resilience are as old as literature itself. Ancient Greek bards and dramatists, like Homer and Sophocles, focused on all these themes. Do they have anything to offer us moderns? Bryan Doerries believes…
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Profiles in Resilience: Eric Sun

November 29, 2019
By: Greg Doyle Greg Doyle serves as One Summit's Senior Manager of Communications & Development.  Nervous. Nauseous. Tired. These were the three words Eric Sun used to describe how he felt the morning of Climb for Courage, Boston in November 2014. Eric had good reason to feel this way. At 12-years-old, he found himself in an unfair fight with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma – a type of cancer seldom found in children that brutally attacks the body’s immune system. He was also skeptical about what the climb could offer “a grumpy, overweight middle schooler going through chemotherapy.” He admits that, at the time, he thought One Summit’s emphasis on resilience was “shallow.” I recently…
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Profiles in Resilience: Climbing Higher with the Giove Family

September 26, 2019
By: Steve Hardy Steve serves on One Summit's Board of Directors. He and his wife Donna live in Durham, NH.   Mason Giove was 11 years old in 2015 when he filled out his application to participate in One Summit’s Boston Climb for Courage. He listed a few of his favorite things: “play video games,” “hang out with friends,” eat “pancakes with syrup” or “white cupcakes with white frosting,” and drive the truck at his “Papa’s” farm in Oklahoma. These sound like wishes of a typical 11-year old boy. One answer, however, gets to the heart of life for our little warriors. Among his “favorite things” was “not going to chemo.” At 18-months-old, Mason…
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Resources in Resilience: Like-Minded Partners

August 29, 2019
Photo by Hailey Sadler By: Greg Doyle Greg Doyle serves as One Summit's Senior Manager of Communications & Development.  If you’ve been following our work at One Summit, you’ve likely heard of our Profiles in Resilience series, which for the past year and a half has been featuring inspiring stories from our community of warriors. What many don’t know, is that we’ve also been highlighting proven resources covering topics such as trauma, post-traumatic growth, loss and the power of storytelling. To date, all these resources have been in the format of a book. And while books are an undeniably helpful tool, we recognize that what classifies as a “resource” is both (1)…
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Profiles in Resilience: Like-Minded Warriors Find Resilience on the Rock Wall — [Bittersweet Monthly Feature]

July 1, 2019
Photo by Hailey Sadler One Summit was nominated and selected as the July 2019 feature on Bittersweet Monthly, a documentary-style storytelling platform and 501(c)3 Foundation that highlights organizations doing inspiring and much needed work in response to the critical social issues of our day. We're excited to share this story as our July Profile in Resilience. Luke’s breath becomes shorter, heavier. His foot tests the next hold, tentatively, and then drops back. Fingers feel like slipping. “I’m ready to come down,” he says. Photo by Hailey Sadler “It’s okay, take a minute,” coaches Jim. His voice is calm, encouraging. “Take a breath. Think about your next move. Where can you put your…
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Resources in Resilience: Talking With Children About Loss by Maria Trozzi

June 17, 2019
Reviewed By: Steve Hardy Steve serves on One Summit's Board of Directors. He and his wife Donna live in Durham, NH. Maria Trozzi was a featured speaker at the Mentor Dinner the night before One Summit’s first Climb for Courage in 2014. She has counseled grieving children since the 1980s, when she founded the Good Grief Program at Boston Medical Center. She soon became a nationally renowned speaker on resilience after loss — for children, families, schools, and communities. Talking With Children About Loss (Penguin 1999) put into writing all the knowledge and experience she had accumulated in her first fifteen years of working in the field. While informed by research, the book unfolds…
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Profiles in Resilience: The Khan Family

May 28, 2019
Photo Credit: Colleen Elizabeth Photography By: Greg Doyle Greg Doyle serves as One Summit's Senior Manager of Communications & Development.  At One Summit, we recognize that we have the opportunity to create many moments for our families and mentors worth capturing on camera – whether they be at one of our Climbs for Courage, community events or elsewhere. What captivates us about these images is not so much the aesthetics, but the memories, stories and relationships behind them. When we received the photos from our Climb for Courage, San Diego program held in March 2018, there was one photo in particular that seized our attention. This one. While it perfectly embodied the…
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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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