Such sad news yesterday.  Travis Roy passed away, according to a story from masslive.com. 

If you don't know who Travis Roy was, it is my pleasure to posthumously introduce you to an exceptional human being.  I did not know Travis, but I knew people who knew him and they all agreed - this was no ordinary person.

If you live in New England, there's no doubt that you know a little bit about Travis through the beginning of his story as a hockey player or through his motivational talks that he has given.

Here's what Bill Belichick said about Travis, according to the Masslive report:

He’s been such a great inspirational story to all of us. Nationally but certainly in this area. His positive outlook and the way he handled his difficult situation was just incredible. Glad I had an opportunity to interact a little bit with him and his foundation. Just a sad day for a kid that went through so much and handled it in an incredibly positive way.

 

Here's a little bit of who Travis was and what happened to him, according to travisroyfoundation.org:

Travis Roy was a promising Freshman hockey player at Boston University when he was paralyzed after Eleven Seconds in his first NCAA game on 10/20/1995.  The outpouring of support from New England was incredible!  The Travis Roy Foundation was created in 1996 to help spinal cord injury survivors live more independent and hopeful lives through adaptive equipment grants and funding scientific research.

He gave a Ted Talk only last year.  I have incorporated it here for you to watch for yourself.  The part of this talk that I love the most is when Travis talked about the three things in life that truly make you happy.  What are they?  Those are the things that you should be concentrating on in your life.  Is it family?  Is it friends?  Is it food?  Whatever gives you the most joy in life, that's how you should be living.

Travis says that you should recognize the simple things in life.  For instance, I am sitting here in my office and the snow is gently falling outside.  I am so grateful that I have a window to watch the snow fall.  It is a peaceful moment out of my busy day that I was reminded of by Travis Roy.

Thank you for the reminder, Travis and may you Rest in Peace.