From Tragedy to Triumph: The Beacon Lighter Who Began Her Journey Under the Wheels of a Train

In the decades since losing her legs and moving to Israel against all advice, Pascale Bercovitch has yet to meet a challenge, or climbing wall, she couldn't top.

Paralympic athlete Pascale Bercovitch’s path — from the railroad tracks of a Paris suburb, where she hovered between life and death after being run over by a train, to Mount Herzl, where she will light a beacon to mark Israel’s 66th Independence Day — has been a study in sheer willpower.