What Courage Smiles Like

“Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgement that something is more important than fear; The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all.”― Meg Cabot, The Princess Diaries

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9


Chris Rosati is dying.

His dream was to steal a donut truck.

The 42-year old Durham, North Carolina man was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) in 2013. But he lives with the fear and dread that must accompany such a diagnosis like few I’ve ever heard of.

He laughs.

When Krispy Kreme in Durham learned through Facebook that Chris wanted to steal one of their donut trucks and spend the day handing out free donuts throughout the community, they decided to help him. So they loaded Chris, his family & friends and a few thousand Krispy Kreme donuts into a bus and went from community center to cancer ward to school laughing and handing out free donuts.

All the brainchild of a man who can’t feed himself.

Chris has determined to do all he can with the rest of his life to make an impact on others. It’s a wonderful model to follow. “If I can’t impact people,” he says looking down at his broken body, “then this whole thing is a waste.”

Courage in the face of death, with a smile.


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