Life is about giving back and paying it forward........... I am fundraising for Achilles so that they will have the abilities to help all their athletes. In order to enable people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics ,promote personal achievement, enhance self esteem, and lower barriers to living a fulfilling life, it takes money. So I am fundraising for this cause. Having participated in chapter workouts and Achilles Races I can tell you, it has made a huge difference for me and I can see how it makes a difference for all the other Achilles Athletes. Please consider a donation, whether it be $1 or $1,000........ it all makes a difference. For those who don’t know me, let me tell you a little about myself. I have spinal cord tumors. I have had three surgeries. I have degenerative disc disease and scoliosis. My neurosurgeon tells me I am just going to get slower and slower until I can no longer run. What use to be a 12 min mile for me is now 16 and higher depending on the day I am having. Without Achilles, I truly believe I would no longer be running. Achilles assigns guides to run with me. Thankful for the Guides. They have gotten me through many races and chapter workouts. I want to make it perfectly clear that I am not fundraising so that I can have an entry in the NYC. I am not required to fundraise in order to run. I am doing this to help. So please please, give with you heart and your wallets knowing that your hard earned dollars is going to support a very large community of athletes with all types of disabilities. Achilles is an amazing organization. Achilles offer many different programs including chapters which meet for workouts and races. They also have two very unique specialized programs to serve children with disabilities and injured war veterans. Chapter running groups contain a mix of members and volunteers who meet and train on a regular schedule, once or twice a week. The workouts aren’t intended to push participants beyond their capabilities, but rather are focused on encouraging them to set goals, measure successes, and to value their accomplishments. In training and racing together, disabled and able-bodied athletes learn to support each other and focus on the things that make them similar, rather than their differences.