BENEFITING: SMILE MASS INCORPORATED
ORGANIZER: SMILE MASS INCORPORATED
EVENT DATE: May 22, 2016
Dear Friends and Family,
I need your help. I have been invited to participate in a marathon in May. To top it off, this marathon takes place in Copenhagen Denmark. So of course, I couldn't say no. I decided a long time ago not to let my Cerebral Palsy define me. I truly believe, we all have a purpose in life. So despite the fact that our journey throws us curve balls, it is often not the curve ball that decides our fate, but how we chose to handle the obstacle that will set us apart. So yes, I will be running a marathon on May 22, 2016 . I am sure you are wondering how. Liza Duddy will be my legs, or as SMILE Mass calls it, my Ambassador and I, the Captain. I will enjoy the 26.2 miles in a high performance running chair. This run will be so amazing! I will be able to take in Copenhagen in a whole new way. I will, for once in my life, not be sitting on the side lines, cheering the athletes on. This time they will be cheering me on! And, to top it off my, incredible Mom gets to see me complete a race, and did I mention not just a race, but a full marathon - woohoo! Denmark here we come .
You may ask what is the purpose of this? To try something new, dare to be different. Teach tolerance and inclusion. Did you know only about 1 % of the population ever finishes a marathon. In May I will be part of that 1% - amazing. I like using my cerebral palsy in a positive manner, not only to test myself but to help bring awareness and inclusion for people with disabilities. To prove that if there is a will, there is a way! Every individual has the ability to learn from his/her own life experiences. My cerebral palsy suddenly presents me with a whole lot of life challenges that many average people can't even begin to understand. Being pushed for SMILE Mass in Copenhagen, Denmark would be yet another challenge for me to overcome. I picture myself at the end of May being back in the classroom sharing photos and experiences with my students. This experience will be Amazing!!
My fundraising goal is $5000, all money raised is tax-deductible. Thank you for your support.
To get more information on SMILE Mass and why I chose to fundraise for them, please visit www.smilemass.org.