After recently finishing my field hockey career at Harvard, I'm so excited to take on a new athletic endeavor by running the Boston Marathon in support of the Travis Roy Foundation! The mission of this foundation is inspiring and so important. Here is why I am running:
Travis Roy was an ice hockey player at BU, until 12 seconds into his first ever game he suffered a terrible injury that left him paralyzed from the neck down. After his injury, he found new meaning in his life through founding the TRF, to help spinal cord injury survivors afford resources such as special wheelchairs and home modifications, and to support spinal cord injury research. Harvard Field Hockey has supported the Travis Roy Foundation for many years. I led Harvard field hockey team's fundraising efforts for the TRF this year and asked him to come give HFH a pregame talk and share his story.
Hearing about his experience firsthand is life changing. I'll never forget his messages: to be grateful for the life we lead and the opportunities I have had to play the sport I love at Harvard; to do anything you can to reach out to those struggling and help them; to face any adversity you encounter in life with the same passion and courage you learned from your sport.
The mission of TRF is especially close to my and many Harvard athlete's hearts because of Ben Abercrombie, a Harvard football player, who, while playing in his first game three years ago, sustained a neck injury that left him paralyzed.
Field hockey has shaped who I am as a person. I owe so many things in my life to this sport, and I feel incredibly fortunate to have played four full years on a talented, supportive team such as Harvard's. Travis's story reminds me to be grateful for that every day, and he is an inspiration to me. I am so honored to get the chance to continue to support his mission and the Travis Roy Foundation by running the Boston Marathon.
Any donation you can make to support Travis and his cause means the world.