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Barry Schroeder Jr. - United States Adaptive Athlete Dreams

Organized by: Barry Schroeder

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Barry's Photo
Barry's Photo
 

I have landed in Park City... Team meeting tonight and first official walk of the track is tofay also.
November 15, 2016

Park City paid for, we are still short for rhe europeon side though! See More

THE STORY:

Hi, my name is Barry A. Schroeder Jr. a lot of you as friends and family know me as "BJ". Also a lot of you know my story but for those that do not... On September 16th 2012 at no fault of my own, I was involved in a serious motorcycle accident leaving me with a below knee amputation on my left leg. I am a career paramedic, volunteer firefighter, and married father of three little girls (7 , 3, and 1 year). Our second daughter was born two days after my discharge from the hospital and I believe this was my main motivation during my rehabilitation process as I was forced to get up and take back what was taken from me, in order to provide them with what they deserved in a father. I had never worked so hard for anything in my life, sometimes double workouts between rehabilitation during the day and gym time at night. Working my tail off, I was able to return as a professional paramedic in just seven months working in a primary emergency 911 system. Along this journey I had made many connections within the amputee community via social networking and different support groups. Still being a little bitter, I found comfort in knowing my situation and loss was able to make a difference and provide motivation for others. I became very active in the gym and on social media with my story, sometimes being razzed by friends about my constant obsession with "selfies". I would always tell them maybe somebody with the same challenges as me will see me living life and realize they can too. I truly feel like my story and motivation make a difference in others lives, by doing this it makes a even bigger difference in my life. This past summer I was approached with the opportunity to train and compete with the United States Para Bobsleigh team, and of course with my personality and ambition as it was jumped at the opportunity. I once again found myself working my tail off in the gym. I had to change my diet, training routines and my overall lifestyle. In order to be eligible I needed to weigh under 220 lbs and I was currently around 250. With some help of friends I was able to accomplish this task and reach my goal. That was the easy part!!! The biggest challenge was financially. I was able to raise enough money for the first three races, by asking for donations, working overtime and selling support T shirts. This took months to raise the initial $6000 that it ended up costing for the first three races. This included, airfare, equipment, race fees, lodging, physicals etc... Also some expenses that wont occur again like a passport and other things. I went to Calgary with ZERO experience when it came to piloting a bobsleigh but sure enough I did it. By the third race I found my times to be competitive with pilots that had ten years experience. I did well enough that I made the first ever United States Para National Team for our sport. I have created this page in order to continue to raise money to be able to continue and follow through with this dream I have now. This dream is the 2022 Para Olympic Games and representing not only the United States but my community.

$1,100

 

11% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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  • Aaron Grossman

     

  • Anonymous

    $500

  • Anonymous

    $250

  • Susan Risbeck Sanor

    $50

  • Lana Morgan

    $50

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Donor Comments

Lana Morgan

Lana Morgan

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Susan Risbeck Sanor

Susan Risbeck Sanor

DONATION: $50

In memory of John Risbeck who never quit.... Amputees can do anything! Best of luck BJ - we're proud of you! 2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $250

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $500

Glad to help again this year! 2 years ago

Aaron Grossman

Aaron Grossman

2 years ago

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