5 days and counting
October 17, 2016
BENEFITING: Texas Children's Hospital
ORGANIZER: THE IRONMAN FOUNDATION
EVENT: Your Journey Your Cause 2016
In 2 weeks on Oct 22 at 7am I will be one of 3000 competitors racing Ironman North Carolina. I am racing on behalf of Texas Children's Hospital and the families who call the hospital home. I am raising money for the Hospital's PROMISE campaign to bring about North Houston's newest dedicated pediatric hospital as well as help fund CHD (Congenital Heart Defects) research since very little is dedicated to answering the question of that eludes so many. I believe holidays and milestones should be celebrated at home....not at the cemetary.
Over the past 2 years I have followed the stories of several children born with a congenital heart defect (CHD). I have meet some amazing people and their children who fight their own internal Ironman each day. At the stroke of midnight, whatever the result I will head home. At the stroke of midnight for these children and their families, it is just another day hoping and praying. They say the Ironman is the hardest thing one will do....that is a misnomer, the Ironman is challenging. What I have seen these families do, going to the hospital day in and day out, 7 days a week from sun up to sun down is hard.
Come race day, I will ride my outfitted bike that has 20 names lining the top tube. These 20 are all little ones who passed away...many waiting for a heart transplant or an answer that never came. My equipment is 1% super bike, 99% memorial to those called home. Come Oct 22, the day is not about 140.6 miles but the 1 out of 100 born with CHD and the countless number who will not see their 2nd birthday.
This race is dedicated to those little ones who didn't come home and the those who did get to go home but did not get to stay. I have opened this fundraiser as a challenge to myself to raise as much in two weeks as some who raise in 6 months. If anything, I hope that whoever reads this and researches CHD will become more aware and educated about its affects on those who didn't know about it till they became a part of the CHD family.
Thank-you for stopping and reading my story.