The Gift

 

Photo's: (Left to Right)  Corey Kuzik - Left Forearm, Breen Johnson - Right Shoulder, Larry Hillary - Right Arm, Carley Towers-Salive - Right thigh, Justin Belway - Right rib cage

Nothing less than your best

Janson used to carry bits of paper around—words that meant something to him. He read and reread them to help him stay focused. “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift” comes from his most worn out one.

The phrase has become synonymous with unswerving determination to succeed in the face of seemingly insurmountable difficulties. To understand why, you’d have to appreciate, somewhat, what an inspiration he was.

Against all odds

On August 11, 2007, during the last quarter of the Okanagan Sun’s game against the Vancouver Trojans, their fourth of the year, running back Janson Towers, Number 25, got hit, severely injuring his knee. The general medical opinion was that he’d never walk without a limp ever again, let alone play football. 

Instead of believing that, he chose, instead, to believe in himself, embarking on a yearlong journey of surgeries, daily physio, and twice-daily gym workouts. His determination impressed everyone—doctors, therapists, coaches, teammates, friends and family—but his success simply amazed them. It bordered on the miraculous. No one, except Janson himself, ever believed he’d fully recover.

He never, ever gave up. He had a dream and a bona fide talent, and his faith was utterly unshakeable.His example inspired everyone who knew him.

413 days after his injury, Janson played, for the first time, in his old position of running back, in the September 28, 2008 game versus the very same Trojans. It was a personal victory, followed shortly thereafter by a very public one. At the 2008 Okanagan Sun team banquet, Janson was presented with The Marty Cullen Award for Most Inspirational Player.

Tragically, three days later, he died in a motorcycle accident.

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