BENEFITING: American Red Cross
My husband and I are both blood donor recipients. He needed six units of blood after a traumatic snowboarding accident, and I recieved 78 after a horrid cycling trauma. We are not only blood recipients, but the same blood type.. along with high school sweet hearts and he holds my soul. We both love triathlons and began training for them together before our marriage. Sean has been a surfer and incredible swimmer since he was a child, where we grew up along the shores of Daytona Beach, and I have been a life long cyclist.
For over a year after my trauma, I was unable to submerse myself in water. I went from being an avid swimmer and a triathlete to laying in a coma for over five weeks. I was brought back to life multiple times and required 78 units of blood.
My body was run over, dragged, and ripped apart from a multi-ton freight liner while cycling home from work. I never knew if I would survive, let alone bike, run, or swim again. I dreamed of the day I could feel water enveloping my body again. The Red Cross was not only pivotal in providing the blood products from heroes that let my body be resuscitated, but also the skills of CPR which kept my heart moving until it could beat on its own.
Now, that I am back to swimming- I am full of so much gratitude. Water is therapy. It washes over our beings reminding us of newness, life, and renewal. I completed my first half Iron man this year, and will be completing two more half Ironman events this coming year. In order to do so, I must train.. and so while I train with a heart of gratitude, I want to give back.
While I lay in a coma over two years ago, CT had a severe blizzard which closed off roads and required Disaster relief to help workers, families, and keep everyone safe.. including me.. that lay helpless in an Intensive care unit.
Nurses and Doctors were able to come into work, and life for those of us that were afflicted could remain. Disaster Relief services also kept roads safe so that my husband could come and be with me every day after work. The Red Cross once again was monumental in my life.
This winter, I will swim 84 miles beside my souls mate along with many others that want to help us reach this goal of raising $ 8400.00 for the Red Cross Disaster Relief. I will also be doing public and private talks and giving 50% of all funds from speaking engagements to Disaster Relief. 100% of all funds from this site will go to the Red Cross. Whether you decide to book me to speak, or give directly on this site, you will help me help others.
With incredible gratitude and a strong beating heart,
Colleen Kelly Alexander and Sean Malone Alexander