Living life beyond Cerebral Palsy for God's glory.

About Deborah

Come and meet Deborah L. Willows, Paralympian, painter, speaker, and author.

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When Deb was a young girl, she was watching the Olympics with her father. As she watched the swimming events, Deb piped up and said, “I want to do that.”

What happens to someone whose parents were advised to put her in an institution when she was just a young child? Someone who was told she would never amount to much of anything? Someone who was born before store owners, school boards, and government officials even talked about accessibility?

Deb faced many hurdles over the years, but instead of giving in and giving up, she saw them as opportunities. This remarkable woman blazed a trail for many who have followed. She has been involved in countless firsts in education, sports, business, etc.

She has come to see Cerebral Palsy as only “a slight setback” and has learned much about living beyond her circumstances.

Deb encourages those with physical and other challenges to set their sights high and “go for the gold.”

Debbie lives in Ontario with her service dog Koda.  She enjoys reading, writing, painting, and spending time with her ten nieces and nephews.

Kodas 1st time @ lake May23-16-2

Comments on: "About Deborah" (7)

  1. Carol + Gerry Brock said:

    We are so excited + can hardly wait to read your book! What a privilege we have enjoyed to have been involved in your life, seeing and experiencing God working in you! Your incredible painting is a daily reminder that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. Maple helping you is the icing on the cake!
    Love + prayers,
    Carol + Gerry

  2. Esther Dakin said:

    Hi Deb ~ Love the blog! Thank you for sharing your life in this way, thank you for your love and kindness through the years. E

    Hey world, anyone touched by a friendship with this wonderful lady is blessed!

  3. Tyler Campbell said:

    Many thanks for introducing me to your blog. Looking foward to our ‘partnership’?, and meeting you in person.

  4. Debbie Phippen said:

    All who know our friend Deb will agree that there is no better roll model for the young and old alike! Deb is one talented and amazing lady! One of the most Godly people I know!!
    Love you Deb

  5. keith crawford said:

    Hey Debbie – Keith Crawford here…………..just thought I’d say “hi” and let you know that it is always an encouragement for me to see your posts and FB updates.

  6. Lori Ann Cherney said:

    She is one of the most remarkable women I know.

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