After competing in my first triathlon, I experienced a bicycle accident which left me with a slight limp. A week or so after the accident, I was unable to walk and decided it was time to go to the ER. To my surprise, I was diagnosed with 2 fractures to my foot, a sprained ankle and a staph infection. I was faced with the new challenge of being on crutches for 4 weeks, living in a walk-up, and unable to get around. It was debilitating at the time and which also meant I was unable to participate in the New York City Triathlon that year. The day of the event, I decided to find the strength to make it down my stairs to cheer on those I knew were participating. I hailed a taxi to bring me as close as one could be to the finish line, where I waited for friends and fellow triathletes to finish. While watching, I was overcome with tears of fear, tears of joy, tears of defeat, and most importantly tears of inspiration. I do not have a direct relationship with prosthetics industry, but seeing how adaptive sport can change an amputee’s life is truly amazing. While I wallowed in my self-pity, it took much inner strength to realize I was going to be ok, I am a warrior ….. I would overcome this injury. It put everything in perspective for me and it made me want to do something more for something I truly believe in. This year, I am competing in the New York City Triathlon to support the mission of Wiggle Your Toes. Please help support me in fundraising for this incredible foundation. My goal is to raise $2500 which could support an amputee obtain a foot or knee component for their prosthesis. Their mission is to empower those who have lost a limb to move forward, take action and get back the life they want. Thank you for your support. No donation is "too little", any amount is much appreciated. Beep, Beep! XOXOX - Suzanne
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