BENEFITING: The Cameron K Gallagher Foundation
Hello to all reading my story currently and a big thank you!
I am beyond excited to announce that I will be participating in several triathlon races throughout the year with the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundations SpeakUp Race Team. One race in particular that I will be taking part in this fall is a race in which I have always wanted to do, and through overwhelming support, I will be able to compete in the Ironman Chattanooga race on September 24th.
The reason I am fundraising and competing in this particular race is to not only prove to myself that I can achieve any goal I set, but to also Speak Up for those who are not always able to speak up for themselves and to help raise awareness and help to end the stigma associated with mental illness.
Little did I know that this journey to this race and goal would begin over a coffee pot with my coworker Rebecca Naurath. Becca, as many call her, started working with me at Draper Aden Associates about a year ago and soon after became a close friend. When getting to know Becca, I, in turn, got to know her family and oddly enough her parents’ neighbors, the Gallagher’s, or rather her extended family.
Through Becca, her parents, and the Gallagher Clan, I learned about Cameron’s story and the SpeakUp team. After hearing all of their stories and of their mission, I was hooked and knew that I had to be a part of this race and movement.
I cannot pretend that this has been an easy process. Training for a race of this magnitude and length while working, and in general trying to live life has been quite the challenge. The reason I keep pushing myself though is because of Cameron and all others who suffer every day with pain. Cameron pushed through her pain and was able to help others and through this race, I hope to live up to her example.
To learn more about the programs funded by your donations, please visit ckgfoundation.org. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my story and for supporting me in my efforts to help fulfill Cameron's dream!