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The Glory is Yours, when you help others! ~ A tribute to Jim Shaw~

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BENEFITING: DISABLED SPORTS USA

Jennifer Gilliam

THE STORY:

Hello friends, I am raising money in tribute to my friend, Jim Shaw. All funds raised will go to Disabled Sports USA so please check out their site. http://www.disabledsportsusa.org/. Jim was born with Spina Bifida and it is my understanding that throughout his life he battled many complications. While he had shared a few of his medical complications with our group of friends, he wasn't one to complain or be pitied. In fact, I’d say he was often the one to give encouragement and be strong for us. I've learned he fought all his life and didn't want people to know how sick he was. However, Jim was indeed sicker then I knew and it is my belief that he was still filled with hopes and dreams. He was a sports lover (no teams that I approve of but that’s okay); he not only liked to watch sports, but also participate in them. He had told me about some of the sports he had been in when younger, but the one we shared an interest in was racing. When I’d be down and out and struggling with my running he always had words of support. Jim had told me a few times he’d like to get back into racing, but Hand-cycles were very expensive. Amazingly enough, again Jim wrote to me on Facebook just a few weeks before his death about how he’d like to get a Hand-cycle. I say amazingly because I now know he was struggling with some illness at the time; however, he still had excitement about maybe one day getting back to what he loved. This got me thinking how many of us can just open our door and head out with very little effort or investment to participate in sports, yet we don’t. I started looking into the price of Hand-cycles and learned they cost between $1,500.00 and $12,000.00. Racing wheels alone can be $200- $600! That is when I decided I’d like to raise money in honor of Jim to help Disabled Sports USA. I think everyone should have an opportunity to try new sports and to fall in love with one. I will be running a race on April 6, 2013, in memory of Jim and will keep these words that he shared with me in my heart “Jen.... Can't say enough about how proud I am of you and what an accomplishment you've achieved! Think about it... do you know how few people in this world have accomplished completing a marathon?! It's an absolute bitch to go through but the glory is yours! Rest well, my friend!” I am hoping to raise money so that somewhere out there, someone else will get a chance to achieve their dreams, so that not few, but MANY, can accomplish their goals.


I thank his wife, Dawn, and son, Christopher, for allowing me the honor of running in Jim’s name.


I ask that you all consider making even a small donation to help others, strangers, fellow sports lovers. Maybe skipping your morning coffee can help someone follow their dreams.


My Sincere Thanks, Jennifer Gilliam


"One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes. And I'll take away all the pain you have suffered on this Earth."
Revelation 21: 3-4.

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  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Beth Bruggeman

    $250

  • Sarah, Chris, Ella and Anna Lubienski

    $50

  • sabrina, dave, amanda & leah.

    $25

  • Courtney Marie Bruggeman

    $50

  • Kim Farnham

    $50

  • Dawn Shaw, Christopher, McCarty and Simon

    $50

  • Mandy Gui

    $25

  • Kimberley Martini Young

    $20

  • Mary Hines

    $50

  • David Carlson

    $50

  • Jay C Gardiner

    $25

  • Cherie Monroe Kalel

    $40

  • Kim and Johnny Dixon

    $20

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Donor Comments

Kim and Johnny Dixon

Kim and Johnny Dixon

DONATION: $20

4 years ago

Cherie Monroe Kalel

Cherie Monroe Kalel

DONATION: $40

4 years ago

Jay C Gardiner

Jay C Gardiner

DONATION: $25

In memory of Jim bones, its white boy day we love & miss you brother!!! 4 years ago

David Carlson

David Carlson

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Mary Hines

Mary Hines

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Kimberley Martini Young

Kimberley Martini Young

DONATION: $20

In Honor of the 20 years that we knew each other. What an amazing pen-pal and friend you are. 4 years ago

Mandy Gui

Mandy Gui

DONATION: $25

Go Jen!!! You rock!! 4 years ago

Dawn Shaw, Christopher, McCarty and Simon

Dawn Shaw, Christopher, McCarty and Simon

DONATION: $50

In memory of my forever love, my husband Jim Shaw. We love you and miss you, Jimmy. Thank you, Jen, for setting this fundraiser up and for running in his honor. We will be cheering you on! 4 years ago

Kim Farnham

Kim Farnham

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Courtney Marie Bruggeman

Courtney Marie Bruggeman

DONATION: $50

4 years ago