Friends of a Feather
The story behind
Dear friends & followers,
Wings for Life’s aim is to find a cure for spinal cord injury. Promoting advancement in spinal cord research is important to me, and I would appreciate your help in achieving my fundraising goal.
I first heard of the Wings for Life organization through the 2014 World Run. It was a very special race for me as it gave me purpose- during the race it brought deep emotion, passion, and reason as to WHY I run, I was running for those who can’t.
I have been extremely lucky to know and to call friends, two amazing people that have unfortunately suffered spinal cord injuries. One of the accidents was a paragliding incident, an activity we used to share with one another, hence the “Friends of a Feather” campaign. While their wheelchair and paralysis may be the first thing you see there is far greater complications they deal with on a daily basis. I keep them in my mind always, in particular when I think I am having a hard time and it changes my perspective.
I have seen them take on these challenges of spinal cord injuries with great bravery and strength, living good lives and accomplishing more than the average person. Whether it be physical training, education, relationships, or other personal endeavors, I have seen them excel with beautiful minds and spirit. In the 2014 Wings for Life World Run I ran for them, I won for them, and I plan on doing it again in 2015 and beyond.
But what does it mean to win
A run and a win, these are good gestures but the awareness and fundraising that will lead to a cure, THAT is winning. My goal is to raise awareness and funds that will allow research to find a cure for spinal cord injury.
We can all benefit from the progress made in research, because a spinal cord injury can happen or effect any one of us. The main causes are accidents in daily life, such as road accidents or falls. The injuries don’t just effect the injured but have great impact on the lives of loved ones, family, friends, and coworkers. My friends and the thousands of others in their position are waiting, they continue to train their bodies and minds in preparation for the medical and technological advancements that will cure them of their spinal cord injuries.
With this campaign and your support I want to raise funds to improve the quality of life of people with spinal cord injuries and bring about their recovery. 100% of your donation goes directly to spinal cord research, since the foundation’s administrative costs are kindly covered by Red Bull. Wings for Life has also recently team up with the Reeves Foundation to accelerate progress towards a cure.
Please join me in supporting this great organization by making a donation today and also joining me in the Wings for Life World Run.
2014 Wings for Life World Run USA Champion