February 15th, 2016 by John Gallagher No Comments


Is it a song?

Is it a verse?

Is it a picture?

Is it a goal?

Is it a person?

For me, it is situational, for sure.  I am always in search of inspiration.

This weekend, I found that inspiration in my brother, Michael Gallagher.  He has persevered.  He is a survivor!  Michael was born with a congenital heart defect that was detected during a routine sports physical before he turned 10 years old.  Essentially, this ended his sports career before he ever got started.  Since then, Michael has had three surgeries to repair (and replace!) the defect.  This weekend, Michael was honored by the Roanoke Heart Association at their annual Heart Ball as a survivor.  Here he is with us on that night.  He is the TALL one, even though I still call him my ‘little’ brother.


He has persevered.  He has been given clean bill of health and now is  a referee of the sport he loves most.  He is a husband, a son, a brother, an uncle, and friend.  He IS an inspiration to me!

What (Or Who) inspires you?