Wounded soldiers. The Boston Marathon bombing. The Cleveland kidnappings.
With the steady stream of bad news, it would be easy to despair for the human condition, AWB President Don Brunell writes in his weekly column.
And yet the stories of courage, strength, determination and hope told by the survivors of those tragedies and others serve as a powerful reminder of the indomitable human spirit.
Brunell recounts a few examples, including Army Sgt. Brendan Marrocco. Marrocco, who lost his arms to a roadside bomb in 2009, recently underwent a 13-hour double transplant surgery.
Issaquah native Adrianne Haslet, a professional dancer, lost her left foot in the Boston attack. She's vowing to dance again and run the marathon next year.
And the three women kidnapped as young girls in Cleveland and held in captivity for a decade are showing awe-inspring strength and presence of mind.
"We face many challenges today," Brunell writes, "but rather than think of ourselves as victims, we should emulate those who confront tragedy and violence with courage, refusing to be beaten, determined to prevail."