Aspire to Inspire

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If you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you are destined to be successful. People are driven by both internal and external factors leading them to overcome fears and obstacles they may face. It is with great pride we highlight two employees of The BP Group, Joyce Quagliata and Laura Talavera, who displayed great strength, determination, ambition, and heart by participating in the Tough Mudder Challenge located in Old Bethpage Village Restoration in support of the Wounded Warrior Project on August 15, 2015.

The Tough Mudder is an endurance event testing the physical and mental strength of participants through a 10-12 mile long military-style obstacle course designed by two British Harvard Business School post graduates. Thus far, $8.5 million in proceeds have been donated from the Tough Mudder to the Wounded Warrior project whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors.

Joyce and Laura put all fear aside and took on the challenge in celebration of the two millionth participant to cross the finish line in full force. Although their nerves may have been at an all-time high, these women didn’t let anything get in the way of them crossing the finish line. A terrifying obstacle of the difficult course included jumping onto a T bar from a 12 foot platform, swinging across a pool of water below in order to hit a bell before falling in. This ended up being a turning point and enlightening moment for Joyce who was a bit apprehensive about the obstacle. After a half hour of deliberation whether or not she should follow through, she witnessed a veteran in a wheel chair (who ultimately became her motivation to face her fear of heights) get carried up to the platform so he could slide himself across to the edge of the platform in order to throw himself in the pool where life guards were waiting for him.

Seeing the courage portrayed by the wounded vet is what the Tough Mudder is all about. There were eye witnesses to someone who didn’t allow himself to be deterred because of his handicap. Although the brave and spirited wounded vet was unaware, in that moment both Joyce and Laura and those touched by this beautiful story realized to be the ones whom were inspired is great but to be the one who holds the ability to inspire is absolutely incredible, even if they are unaware.

We honor both courageous ladies for their participation in such an inspiring event. We would like to take a moment to honor the United States Military and Veteran’s, and say thank you for all that you do every day to protect us.