Do It Myself Blog – Glenda Watson Hyatt

Motivational Speaker

Magic Happens When You Dare to Voice a Crazy Idea

Filed under: Motivation — by at 11:14 pm on Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Internationally Known Author and Motivational
Speaker on Disabilities, Glenda Watson Hyatt,
to Climb Art Museum Steps, Rocky-Style,
with Help from Wish Upon A Hero and
The Original ‘Rocky,’ Chuck Wepner

The steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, courtesy of Google Maps

WHAT: Glenda Watson Hyatt, an author and blogger who has cerebral palsy, will fulfill a dream on her bucket list by climbing the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art with the assistance of Wish Upon a Hero and Chuck Wepner, boxing champ and inspiration for the Rocky films, and the inspiration for the Rocky Films and 30 caped volunteers, a five-piece jazz band and a Rocky impersonator.

WHEN: Saturday, July 28, 2012
9:30 – 10:30am (eastern time zone
10am climb up steps begins

WHERE: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Steps
Benjamin Franklin Parkway

WHO: Glenda Watson Hyatt – author, blogger
Dave Girgenti, founder, Wish Upon a Hero
Chuck Wepner, boxing champ and heavyweight contender who went the distance 15 rounds with Muhammad Ali
30 Caped volunteers
Rocky Spirit
Rocky Impersonator

CONTACT: Carol Lunger, Star Group Public Relations


Glenda Watson Hyatt, author of I’ll Do It Myself, and known as the ‘Left Thumb Blogger,’ has cerebral palsy. She has dreamed of climbing the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art just as Sylvester Stallone did in the movie Rocky. Summiting the steps has become symbolic of overcoming obstacles of all kinds. For Glenda, who is unable to walk without support, the climb will be a mental AND physical accomplishment.

Glenda here: I am totally blown away by the response I have received since I voiced, “I would like to climb those steps.” I didn’t have a clear reason for wanting to do it; other than “because I can, with help,” and “Why not?”

The response, particularly from the team at Wish Upon A Hero, has been way more than I could have ever imagined. A five-piece jazz band?! And…a boxing champion who went the distance with Mohammed Ali! I never would have dreamed that.

I am really excited about Saturday and I imagine many, many photos and videos will be taken and will be shared soon afterwards. For those on Twitter, the official hashtag for this event is #RockyWish.

If you are not able to join us in Philly on Saturday, I still hope you will experience the spirit of Rocky Balboa. I challenge you to go try something new, something different. It doesn’t matter what it is; big or small, it doesn’t matter. Share your “Rocky” moment in a comment below, in a blog post with a link back, in a tweet using the hashtag #RockySpirit, or whatever.

After returning from Pittsburgh (after Philadelphia), I’ll be enjoying a much needed staycation until August 15th. I’d love to come back to a barrage of comments, posts and tweets about your experiences.

Go grab life by the…gloves!  Winking smile

If you enjoyed this post, consider buying me a chai tea latte. Thanks kindly.

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Comment by Jamielynn

July 26, 2012 @ 10:16 am

Can’t wait to see you on Saturday!

Comment by Tony

July 26, 2012 @ 10:20 am

This is even cooler and crazier than I have come to expect from you! Have a great experience!

Comment by Spashionista

July 26, 2012 @ 3:25 pm

I hope you have a wonderful time! I’m afraid I’m too far south to make the trek otherwise I would be there to congratulate you when you reach the top – which, of course, you will.

Comment by Paula Lee Bright

July 26, 2012 @ 11:05 pm

Climb that sucker, baby!!!!! Love that you’re doing it.
And rejoice at the top!

Comment by Douglas T

July 27, 2012 @ 8:25 pm

I wish I could be there to see that!

Comment by Marilyn Hight

July 28, 2012 @ 5:10 am

What a great adventure and neat idea! Wish you the greatestest of days! 🙂

Comment by Marina

July 28, 2012 @ 9:03 am

We were very touched by this event and very grateful to have been there with you, cheering you on and sharing the special moment as you stepped on the first step and then reached the last one. Thank you!

Comment by Scott

July 29, 2012 @ 5:16 am

I read about your inspiring climb in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Congratulations & thanks for sharing your motivational spirit with Philly!

Comment by Chris Holland

August 1, 2012 @ 8:28 am

Awesome Glenda – wish I could be there – you are an inspiration to us all:)

Comment by Katrina

August 17, 2012 @ 8:44 am

This is so inspiring! I love it!

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