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Hilary Lister, first person with quadriplegia to sail the English Channel, is dead at 46 years old.

Hilary Lister was physically active as a youth, but a neurological disease left her paralyzed from the neck down. It also caused her to have considerable chronic pain.

However, when a friend introduced her to sailing, she realized that the water was where she could move and feel free.

But that wasn’t enough for her. She decided to sail the English Channel (alone), the first person with quadriplegia to accomplish that.

Ms. Lister had other sailing accomplishments, but perhaps the most meaningful is the foundation she set up, to help other people with disabilities discover the joy of sailing.

That is clearly an example of walking your talk,and also leaving the world better than she found it.

See the article below for more information about Ms. Lister and her foundation.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/22/obituaries/hilary-lister-dead.html?rref=collection%2Ftimestopic%2FDisabilities&action=click&contentCollection=health&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=2&pgtype=collection