Welcome to Amanda Dumouchelle (Ironmanda)'s CAF fund raising page!
Join me in my efforts to support the Challenged Athletes Foundation!
The Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) raises money to help adults and children with physical challenges pursue an active lifestyle through physical fitness and athletics. CAF's Mission is clear: give those with the desire to live active, competitive lifestyles every opportunity to compete in the sports they love.
This particular race/fundraising is going toward the CAF program "Operation rebound"- From the front line to the finish line.Operation Rebound is a program of CAF that provides support and funding to injured service members, veterans, and first responders, helping them get from the frontline to the finish line. More than 1,600 military personnel have lost a limb in current conflicts, and while conflicts abroad may no longer dominate the news, requests for support from Operation Rebound have more than doubled in the past two years. Operation Rebound helps these individuals overcome the fear and challenges that often face military personnel when they return home with a permanent physical injury. With the help of fundraisers and supporters, Operation Rebound allows many of these newly injured athletes take on new sports and challenges they never thought of attempting before their injury – even challenges like an IRONMAN 70.3.
One of the reasons I chose to do Ironman with Challenged Athletes Foundation. My Brother Chris. He passed away 9 years ago today, just before turning 36. And he took his own life. I am now 36. And 9 years ago I really just had no idea what he was feeling and thinking and understanding was very difficult. The past 2 years I'm finding it harder and harder to live up to that "you can do whatever you put your mind to" I feel like it's one thing after another that I'm super disappointed in. Just tons of self reflection and not always being very happy. More like overwhelmed, defeated and sad at times. And I know that he really felt like he had nothing and wasn't contributing to anything. Always having things that I'm looking forward to and always pushing forward and small victories relieve some of that anxiety and depression for me. But, I can see now how he got to that point. I wish that there was something that would have helped him or that some how I could have helped. He was a Navy veteran, an amazing painter, charismatic, thoughtful guy. Who had tons of potential. He was not permanently or physically injured but he had trouble with anxiety and trouble with addiction. I don't know if this had anything to do with being in the navy. Honestly we didn't get to spend much time together so I don't know if he had trouble adapting to real life instead of military life or what was hurting him so much but I know there are a lot of people who do have trouble when they get out. And I can't imagine what it must be like to be physically/permanently injured while being in the Military and having everything you thought you would do and be, be ripped from you instantly. Struggling to get used to this new life, can't be easy.
Challenged Athletes Foundation is amazing all on its own. But Operation Rebound is even more amazing. Helping permanently injured veterans get funding for prosthetics, training and race expenses so that they can compete in races where they feel strong and confident, helping them with anxiety and depression could literally save their life. Exercise and competition has been proven to be one thing you can do to fight off depression. So that's one of the many reasons why I want to help raise money for them. And this race, because 7 days after Ironman 70.3 Oceanside will be Chris's Birthday. So I kinda thought that this would be a way of honoring him. I'm not a good swimmer and I'm completely freaked out about swimming in salt water, and I wish that he was here to help me. (Maybe he will be there and give me invisible flippers) lol ;)
By making a donation towards my fundraising goal you will provide individuals with physical challenges with the tools necessary to find success in sports — and in life!
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