People Who Inspire
“I CAN NEVER WALK AGAIN, but I will fly.”
After Dorine Bourneton of France was rendered paraplegic in a light-plane crash, the then 16-year-old aspiring pilot never gave up on her dream to fly. Not only did Dorine get her pilot’s license but along the way the wife and mother of one almost single-handedly convinced the French government to change existing laws so that the handicapped could become professional pilots. Her crowning moment came when she was given permission to fly aerobatics at the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget on June 19, 2015. “Free as Air” is an inspiration to us all.
In our Bonus Read this month, we share author Claudia Cornwall’s journey with her husband Gordon after he is diagnosed with a particularly deadly form of skin cancer. The couple researched, questioned, and persevered until they found a drug trial that would, in the end, leave Gordon cancer free. Don’t miss “Contest With Cancer.”
With this November issue, many of our readers are starting to think about and getting ready for the Christmas season. Join us on a journey of seasonal delights from Madrid to Tallinn, as we share the sights, sounds and flavors of Christmas markets across the Continent in our photo essay, “Making Merry”.
As we head into the time of year with the fewest hours of daylight, we hope these stories of resilience inspire and lighten your days.