Josh Henderson via Crowdrise
August 27, 2012
I run for Achilles International. Their mission is to enable people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics in order to promote personal achievement, enhance self esteem, and lower barriers to living a fulfilling life.
Over the years, Achilles has developed specialized programs for children and war veterans. Achilles Kids provides training, racing opportunities, and an in-school program for children with disabilities, while their Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans program brings running programs and marathon opportunities to disabled veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
While their programs focus on athletics, the truth is, sports are simply the tool for accomplishing their main objective: to bring hope, inspiration and the joys of achievement to people with disabilities.
My wife and I have been blessed with raising a large family. Twelve kids to be exact. Three biological sons and nine adopted siblings (seven boys and 5 girls). They range in age from 17 to three and this year we'll have four in high school, two in middle school, five in elementary school and one at home.
Each of our kids have brought with them huge personalities and amazing possibilities. They inspire me to be a better dad and a better person all around. They also bring out the kid in me and I am reminded of how fun life should be. My wife and kids have play a big part in the lifestyle changes I have made for myself in the past 3 years. I am almost 90 pounds lighter and have completed half marathons, a full marathon, triathlons, an ultra road race and an ultra trail race.
Running doesn't come easy for me and I still find it challenging to get outside to train. That is when I look for inspiration to help me find my focus. And with my family, I don't have to look very far. Our youngest, Noah, has struggled with seizures, cerebral palsy and other mental and physical delays. We were told to prepare ourselve for the chance that he may never roll over, sit up, crawl or walk. But as you will see, in the attached video... Noah is walking!
Each little miracle I have witnessed through Noah has taught me to not place physical limitations on what a person can accomplish when given the opportunity. Achilles International provides that opportunity to so many. Maybe someday that opportunity will be presented to my son.
Let me be the first to thank you for your donation to this charity. It will help to bring hope, inspiration and the joys of achievement to people with disabilities.