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The Citizen

The Only Way Is Up!

DSC_0065 DSC_0070By Simon R. Bone

“If knocked down, I will get back up, every time. I am never out of the fight.”

Kennedy School Mid-Career Adam La Reau’s One Summit organization held their inaugural event “Climb for Courage” on Saturday at Central Rock Gym in Watertown. The One Summit mission is to help children with cancer build courage and self-confidence by MATCHING them with specific Navy SEAL mentors.

A Doctor  at the Dana Farber Cancer and Blood Disorder Center Said it was “a masterful plan, elegantly executed. Those guys were terrific.” The Boston Police Department provided a full lights and sirens escort for the children and mentors all the way to the gym where they tackled a variety of climbing obstacles teaching very specific life lessons to include overcoming adversity under the supervision of the special operation military volunteers.

One parent said “having this opportunity to spend the day with Navy SEALs had a wonderful impact on his self esteem.  He has a new perspective on life to know how much his mentor went through.  He now has a new motto in life “Never Give Up.” Another added “I haven’t seen my child smile in 4 years.”

Find out more information on the program at