Please consider supporting me, and more importantly, a lot of great people that have much tougher situations than I do! I can tell you with certainty that your donation will directly impact the quality of life for somebody doing their best to recover both mentally and physically from a very difficult lifelong challenge.
This October, For the third time since my spinal cord injury in May, 2015, I will be participating in the Baltimore Running Festival to raise money for the Kennedy Krieger Institute and their adaptive sports program. A lot of the money raised with support equipment and other expenses to allow those will spinal cord injuries to use sports and team environments to further their mental and physical recovery. As an athlete myself, and a person that was injured while cycling, it was depressing to think that I may not ever be able to participate in exercise or athletics again. I'm very fortunate that my injury and recovery has been far better than most, and I have a solid job and health care. Many do not have that good fortune, yet there are still opportunities to participate in sports with adaptive equipment for things like hand cycling, basketball, rugby, and many other sports. Athletics bring people together, not only helping with physical exercise, but also with being part of something socially with others. I can't tell you how much the team members of Kennedy Krieger inspire me and how much I would appreciate your donation for this cause.
In 2015, less than 6 months from my injury, I walked the 5k in 59 minutes. In 2016, I slowly jogged it in under 36 minutes. This year, Patty and I have been training in cycling and volunteering with the hand cyclist training program and I hope to be a cycling escort for one of the hand cyclists for the 26.2 mile marathon. If not, I'll do my best to jog the 5k again. A lot of the great progress I've made has been supported by the excellent physical therapists and my continuing physical therapy at KKI, along with the wonderful community between therapists, doctors, nurses, administrators, and fellow patients and team members. This has had a huge impact on my life and my family and I continue to do my best to recover and try to inspire others who are dealing with adversity, as many fellow team members have inspired me.
About the Kennedy Krieger Institute Running Festival Team
The funds raised from the Kennedy Krieger Institute Baltimore Running Festival team will support Kennedy Krieger's International Center for Spinal Cord Injury, where aggressive, innovative therapies help patients with spinal cord injuries recover. In addition, funds will support the training needs of patients with disabilities who participate in the event, through the purchase of adapted racing, training and therapy equipment. Recreational activities are often overlooked for individuals with disabilities, but Kennedy Krieger recognizes the important benefits of exercise for our patients, including improved health, self-esteem, social connections, and community reintegration.
With this charity team, we aim to increase the number of Kennedy Krieger patients who are able to participate in the races each year, open the door to improved physical fitness for those with disabilities, and fund research towards a cure for paralysis. Thank you for sharing our vision!