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Alexis Barnes' Fundraiser:

Help Wounded Vets and First Responders

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Alexis Barnes

THE STORY:

A passionate triathlete, I accepted the challenge of volunteering to raise money as part of Team Operation Rebound Accenture Ironman 70.3 2013. After racing for many years, I decided that this year I would race for a cause, for the athletes who inspired me to initially take up the sport. My goal is to raise $1,500 by February 8th. I am only $395 away.

I am competing for Team Operation Rebound because I truly believe that sports can help heal — physically, and mentally — and I believe that our wounded vets and first responders deserve our support. Operation Rebound provides equipment, training and travel expenses that help our injured troops harness the power of sport to achieve their goals, whether that's competing in the Paralympics or just running around the block. They help athletes such as Melissa Stockwell. Melissa was commissioned as an Army Special Lieutenant and was deployed to Iraq. In April 2004, her HUMVEE was hit by a roadside bomb and Melissa became the first female ever to lose a limb in active combat. She didn't let her injury stop her. With the help of The Challenged Athletes Federation's Operation Rebound, Melissa is now a 2x World Champion Para triathlete and competed in the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing in swimming. She hopes to compete in the 2016 Paralympics in 2016 in Rio. Help me help Melissa and hundreds of similar athletes realize their dreams.

When you think of all that our vets, first responders and military personnel go through, raising $1,500 seems simple compared to their challenges. I plan to cross that finish line on March 30 alongside hand cyclists, amputees and others with permanent injuries. I would be honored if you would help me. No donation is too small. They are also tax deductible. I promise you, there is no greater feeling than knowing you were part of an amazing mission that successfully helped so many people!

Thank you so much for your support!

Alexis

You can donate online through my website at http://TeamORIMCA13.kintera.org/goalexis

For more information on Team Operation Rebound, visit: http://www.challengedathletes.org/site/c.4nJHJQPqEiKUE/b.6449449/k.B480/Operation_Rebound.htm

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