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Channelling the Spirit of Rocky Balboa to Make the Impossible Possible

Filed under: Motivation — by at 6:49 pm on Thursday, May 17, 2012

Have you ever had an idea that seemed too crazy to even say out loud?

I have.

A rainy Saturday afternoon a few years ago Darrell and I sat at the kitchen table and watched the movie Rocky on Darrell’s laptop. Something about the scene where Rocky runs up the steps, which I later learned were at Philadelphia’s Museum of Art, with others joining him sparked something within me.

A little voice whispered, “I want to do that!’ My initial response was,”Yeah, right. Sure. How the hell am I going to do that? Get real.” I didn’t even tell Darrell because it was too crazy; and I’ve told him some pretty crazy stuff over the years.

The thing is, once that little voice says something,  unhearing it is impossible. It is like a rock in your shoe that demands your attention. Quietly I added “Climb the stairs at Philadelphia Museum of Art with the spirit of Rocky Balboa” to my bucket list a year ago.

In the meantime I submitted a presentation proposal to the 15th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication – to be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, July 28 to August 4, 2012…and was accepted!

Initial research of flights shows that there is no direct flight from Vancouver to Pittsburgh, of course. One option (a more expensive one, of course!) is to fly from Vancouver to Philadelphia and then on to Pittsburgh.

The universe is aligning to make my crazy idea reality!

However, there is still one thing I need to make this happen: a team. Much like how I climbed 81 stairs before zipping across Robson Square, I will need assistance in accomplishing this feat.

  • A team of one makes this adventure possible. We would likely recruit another volunteer off the street once we are there.
  • A team of two would be better support when summiting the stairs.
  • A team of three means a Scooter Wrangler to drive my scooter around to the top of the stairs, assuming there is a wheelchair route.
  • A team of four means an Official Photographer and Social Media Liaison.

The date would be July 28th or 29th depending upon flight times and team members’ availability. I would like to book flights and hotel by June 15th (or sooner).

Interesting in making the impossible possible? Join me!

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Comment by Christine

May 17, 2012 @ 7:45 pm

I’ve been up those steps, Glenda! It’s funny… busloads of tourists pull up, people spill out of the busses and everyone prances up those steps & then jumps around at the top, arms raised a la Rocky Balboa!

I do have a lot of work to do in Philadelphia…very close to the Museum – if I can swing it I will be there when you are. Hard to know this early though. I’ll be going a few times at least in June/July.

If you have time, close by is also the Liberty Bell (which, to be honest, is a snooze-fest), and the Ben Franklin Science Museum which is TOTAL AWESOMENESS. I highly recommend it.

Skip any Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches – they’re HORRIBLE & I went to what was touted as “the best place”. yuck.

Comment by Kel Smith

May 18, 2012 @ 2:37 am

I live near Philly and can help make this happen for you. I’ll be in Toronto that weekend, but I know enough folks who would be happy to assist. Ping me via email.

Comment by Dennis Fletcher

May 18, 2012 @ 8:19 am

WEIRDI am at a conference in Baltimore arriving on the 29th. There are hourly trains for the one-hour trip to Philly from BWI. If it was the 29th, I might just be able to make that work!

Comment by Glenda

May 25, 2012 @ 11:31 am

Christine, that’d be fantastic! Thank you. I’ll keep you posted.

Comment by Glenda

May 25, 2012 @ 11:33 am

Kel, thank you. That would be great. I’ll email you shortly.

Comment by Glenda

May 25, 2012 @ 11:37 am

Dennis, that is weird! Ideally, I’d fly into Philly on the 28th, have my “Rocky” moment the morning of the 29th, then fly onto Pittsburgh in the afternoon. I still need to look at flight times and maps to see how realistic that is.

Comment by Jamielynn

May 29, 2012 @ 7:59 am

Hi Glenda!! Your post was passed along to me. I’m the Director of Wish Granting with Wish Upon a Hero. Our wish team would LOVE to be a part of the team to help make this possible for you. We are based out of Cherry Hill, NJ which is a quick ride from Philly. We could easily put together a team (professional photographer and all) to try to help make this happen for you we just need the details. Our job is to grant wishes and we would really love to be a part of this with you! Please let us know!!

Comment by Glenda

May 29, 2012 @ 9:25 am

Wow Jamielynn, that is awesome! Thank you so much. I’ll email you.

Comment by MissDazey

May 29, 2012 @ 10:13 am

Jamielynn: Angels on you and your friends. Glenda is a very special person who reaching out to help others daily. I am happy that someone is helping her with this wish.

Comment by karen

May 29, 2012 @ 10:30 am

I’ll second Miss Dazey’s remark. JamieLynn, to know Glenda is to love her and if you help her achieve a goal you also helping countless others simply because of her enthusiasm for life, her never say can’t attitude and her blog. I am one of the two who flew across Robson Square on a zipline with her and I can tell from 38+ years of knowing Glenda (our relationship started in Brownies), you will know nothing but fun and hilarity by helping her fulfill a wish.

Comment by Dennis Fletcher

May 30, 2012 @ 6:09 pm

It looks like you have things covered, but I will still try to come to be part of the fun!!
I think we need t-shirts!

Comment by Rocky Spirit

June 1, 2012 @ 8:09 pm


Please check out, you need to read Rocky Spirit, the Rocky Balboa connection to success.

I would be the perfect person to join you and share the vibration of energy on your energy.

Congratulations on understanding the powers of the Rocky Spirit.

Comment by Mike Kunda

July 3, 2012 @ 9:00 am

Glenda – I love your passion! I happen to be Philadelphia’s number 1 Rocky Balboa impersonator as well as having published my book – Cue The Rocky Music. I’d love to be there to see your dream happen! Let me know if I can help! Best, Mike

Comment by Glenda

July 3, 2012 @ 11:34 am

Awesome Mike! The date is set for Saturday, July 28th. Further details to be announced shortly. Looking forward to meeting you.

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