In 1999, at the age of 65, Dave Longaberger died of renal cell cancer. He was more than a mere survivor. He was a thriver. Like a candle in the dark his light-hearted attitude illuminated his life and the lives of those around him. Dave had epilepsy, stuttered and had a learning disorder. He repeated the first grade, three-peated the fifth grade and finally graduated at the age of twenty-one.
What is extraordinary about Dave is his entrepreneurial spirit. He took the family’s struggling basket-building business and turned it into a 525 million dollar company. Dave didn’t allow adversity to hinder him, instead used it to become strong and resourceful. The trademark of a thriver is the ability to take what life hands them and run with it.