BENEFITING: Heart of Illinois United Way, Inc.
EVENT DATE: Oct 16, 2016
On Sunday, October 16, 2016, I will dedicate every step of the 26.2 mile Peoria Marathon to Heart of Illinois Special Recreation Association! This wonderful organization helps persons with disabilities reach their highest potential, with enrichment through a full range of programs designed to integrate healthy relationships, life skills, and adaptive recreation.
HISRA's signature programs such as Camp Free to Be and Focus day camps help special needs children and young adults form friendships and have fun in a safe, supportive environment. Enjoyable activities and field trips are an important part of the curriculum. Participants join with staff in grocery shopping, cooking, exercising, learning about nutrition, exploring the community, socializing with friends, and playing games.
A proud supporter of Special Olympics, HISRA offers training in adaptive sports such as Softball, Track and Field, Golf, and Bowling. Additionally, HISRA sponsors our local wheelchair basketball team, the Peoria Wildcats! More focused interests are encouraged through key events such as dances, Hooked on Fishing, pottery lessons, BBQ, ice cream socials, theatre, and swimming.
Shane and I have a lovely daughter, Katarina, who was born with cerebral palsy, a disorder of motor control, balance and tone which creates difficulty for her in overall movement. She has a zest for life, is very bright and loves to ride horses and her racing wheelchair with her parents. We understand the enormous difference that the kindness of others has made in our lives and would like to help others for whom these programs would otherwise be unavailable.
Over the past 22 years, running has led me to a group of friends who are inspired to take up their crosses and improve the lives of their communities. I am proud to support HISRA as they transform lives with hope, kindness, and tangible life strategies for persons with disabilities. It takes individual donations from people like you and me for HISRA to continue its mission.
All gifts of any size make a difference!