Generation Grit

Generation Grit: Making the most of the miracle of being alive

Two months shy of his 21st birthday, Mr Lee Wee Yong collapsed while serving his national service on Pulau Tekong. The incident left him unable to walk without aid, but the social work graduate wants to use his experience to help others.

Life has not always been kind to Lee Wee Yong. But the same determined spirit that made him a marathon runner and rock climber did not desert him in his darkest hour, he tells The Straits Times in this series about millennials who inspire us with their courage and resilience.

SINGAPORE - Mr Lee Wee Yong was a young man on the cusp of adulthood.

The rough edges of his teenage years - fighting, involvement with theft - had smoothened out after he was caught stealing a schoolmate's mobile phone. A let-off with a warning from the police made him decide to change his delinquent ways.

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