Most of us know Sina's story, but there is a link here to the long version...
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In a nutshell, Sina's friend Amy B. wrote an article about her battle with cancer as an athlete for an on-line forum for runners. In some bizarre twist of fate, this story ended up in the hands of some fine people at John Hancock Insurance--the corporate sponsor of the Boston Marathon. Inspired by Sina's determination, the representatives at John Hancock decided to invite Sina to run in the Boston Marathon on their behalf as she represents hope and inspiration to others fighting cancer. Sina was so moved by the sponsor's gesture, that she hopes to use this opportunity to raise funds for a charitable organization. Sina's article-writing friend Amy B. has been a top equestrian competitior and is very active in the local equine community. Sina elected to support a local organization that encompasses both the interests of the her friend and fellow cancer-fighers in our community. Special Equestrians of Georgia fit the bill perfectly as an organization that supports people with a range of disabilities, including those affected by cancer.
Special Equestrians of Georgia (SEG) is an all-volunteer organization providing therapeutic horseback riding, or equine-assisted activity for children and adults with a wide range of physical, emotional, cognitive, and social special needs. The special bond people form with animals is used as a therapeutic tool. Horses provide more than just skills acquired from a relationship with and animal or learning to care for an animal. Riding a horse provides a unique and often profound actvitiy for many people. The motion of the horse, the concentration needed to acquire riding skills, and the communication between instructor and rider allow people with a variety of disabilities to benefit. It is the goal of SEG to provide a supportive environment that empowers people with disabilities. In addition to therapy programs, SEG supports a Miniature Horse Community Outreach Program that takes mini horses into hospitals, schools, nursing homes, and residential treatment centers.
Sina learned of this program as SEG has been extraordinarily benefical for children battling cancer. The Miniature Outreach Program routinely visits Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and is instrumental in providing a physical and emotional outlet for patients. Many of the SEG riders have physical disabilities that limit their ability to run or ride a bicycle. The horse acts as the 'legs' for these people, giving them the same freedom and 'wind in the hair' that able-bodied athletes experience. At the same time, the rider is improving balance, core strength, and coordination. Please help us support this cause in honor of Sina's Boston Marathon run! 100% of your tax-decuctible donations will go to support Special Equestrians of Georgia!