CHASE the things that get you excited about living.
I met Chase M. and his incredible family when he was only 15, shortly after having his right leg amputated due to osteosarcoma. He was hopeful that a prosthesis would allow him to return to fishing, hunting and just about anything involving the outdoors and within a few weeks, he was walking again with prosthesis featuring a giant superman logo!
Over the next months, he was able to use his prosthesis to go ocean fishing in Florida; hike and skydive in Hawaii; and even drive in Mario Andretti's personal Lambo! He lived adventurously, and loved the natural world. Chase had an incredibly unique drive to experience, feel and share moments with others. He made friends, family and even strangers feel comfortable instantly with his kind, genuine and caring ways. Unfortunately, as Chase continued to live his best life, his health declined and on May 16, 2019 he passed away surrounded by loved ones.
It is not fair that Chase doesn't get to share his gift with more people on this world, but I know that his spirit lives on in every person who had the privilege of getting to know him. Chase never shied away from a good adventure or challenge, and neither will I! So, with that being said...
Every year, Wichita Falls (TX) hosts one of the largest road bike rides in the country called Hotter'n Hell Hundred. The most physically challenging version of this event is called the "Triple Threat": and includes:
- 13 mile MTB ride
- 100 mile road cycle
- 13.1 mile half marathon
....in temperatures over 100F (40C)!
I'm going to attempt this crazy challenge on Aug 23-25, 2019. Chase had a way of leaning into the unknown, and thriving outside of his comfort zone and that is exactly what I will try and do. With his family's blessing, I will be showcasing my personal mobility to raise money for the Range of Motion Project (ROMP), so that they can continue to provide opportunities for uninsured amputees in the US and Latin America to return to an active life like Chase. Every $500 provides the resources for one person to receive comprehensive, appropriate prosthetic care. If you would like to support me on this journey, I would be incredibly grateful....any donation amount goes a long way. I will also be posting regular updates on this page how my training is going, so keep your eyes peeled. Thank you so much! :)