On November 2, I will be running the New York Marathon to support the Achilles Foundation. Achilles helps people who have lost one or more limbs (or are otherwise impaired) reconnect to their inner strength and compete in a marathon or triathlon.
Achilles’ vision is aligned with my own. I’ve experienced what happens to the psychological well-being of my clients when they return to participating in a sport they love that they once thought was out of reach.
The goal of participating and excelling in a sport helps people move through mental and physical obstacles. As they make progress step by step, their confidence, commitment, and results increase. Seeing the joy on clients’ faces as they return to their chosen sport is one of the most rewarding aspects of my work.
I’ve had the honor of working with a number of athletes from amateur to professional who had been told to give up their sport and resign themselves to a life of pain and limitation. They had almost given up. However, after working with me, they found a way back to their health, passion, and joy. For example:
- Kay is an 80-year-old author, playwright, composer and golf enthusiast facing the prospect of being confined to wheelchair. After our work together, she was back swinging a club and ready to join her golf buddies on the course. Hear Kay’s story.
- My stepson, David, was a talented high school cross country runner plagued with stress fractures and other injuries. His recurring injuries got in the way of his training, and ultimately kept him from achieving peak performance. Through incorporating my work into his regular training regimen, David got past the stress fractures and embarked on a successful collegiate cross-country running career, culminating in qualifying for Nationals twice, and being named an Academic All-American. Hear David’s story.
- Edgar Jones, a former NBA standout with the San Antonio Spurs, was facing constant excruciating lower back pain resulting from a head-on car crash, which prevented him from walking, sitting for extended periods of time, driving, or being active physically. After our work together, Edgar got back on the basketball court for the first time in years. Hear Edgar’s story.
I’ll be running 26.2 miles to support Achilles and am reaching out to you to commit to $1 per mile, $2 per mile, $3 per mile, or $4 per mile—whatever amount works for you.
Here’s how your contributions will help athletes:
- $3,500 purchases one handcrank wheelchair for an Achilles athlete to use in a mainstream marathon
- $1,000 sponsors a year of running, walking, and rolling for children with disabilities in our Achilles Kids School Program
- $500 sponsors one international athlete in the TCS NYC Marathon
- $250 sponsors one domestic athlete in the TCS NYC Marathon
- $100 purchases five pairs of running shoes for low-income children with disabilities in the Achilles Kids program
- $50 purchases 10 Achilles T-shirts for members to wear at mainstream races or cover the cost of one child to participate in the Kids program for a year
Thanks for your support. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
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