Often times in life we all will experience triumph, and with every triumph there is a story, and with every story a beginning, and every beginning has the power to create greatness or despair within us all that will shape our lives forever. Latipha Cross has taken quite a tragic beginning and has indeed created a masterpiece. This teenager from Detroit Michigan has taken her challenging circumstances which include being abandoned by her parents as a baby, two bouts with cancer, and homelessness just to name a few, and has managed to strive forward in spite of, using her passion for track and field as an escape from it all. For Latipha the track became her canvas, and each stride in every race was similar to evident brushstrokes used by painters, and every victory was a finished piece of art with the sound of the starter pistol becoming music to her ears. Her story should be an inspiration to us all to stay motivated even when it seems that there is no reason to, that with every circumstance good or bad the ability to create something positive.