For me, living life with a disability is about adapting. That’s why I’m so excited to swim in my first triathlon through the Challenged Athletes Foundation in October and to fundraise for CAF. CAF provides adaptive equipment like special limbs, wheelchairs, and bikes to disabled children and adults in financial need so they can stay active and take part in competitive sports. CAF has made a huge difference in the lives of tens of thousands of disabled people in 42 countries and all 50 states.
In 2021, my life changed forever when I collapsed after an easy 3-mile run. One year and many brain MRIs later, I found out why my body hadn’t been working right since 2018. I was diagnosed with a progressive neurological disease called cerebellar ataxia, which atrophies the part of the brain that coordinates movement, thought, and speech. I can no longer run, but I can still swim. In the pool, I am graceful and free. The water forgives, strengthens, and empowers, and helps me stay positive for the journey ahead.
I’m grateful for this opportunity to help CAF empower others, and I hope you’ll join me by contributing any amount you can to my CAF fundraiser. I appreciate your support so much. Together, we can change lives – and fill the world with more smiles and high-fives.
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