BENEFITING: Wheeling Forward Inc
EVENT DATE: Nov 04, 2012
Thank you for visiting my fundraising page!
For those of you who do not know my story, in October 2003 I sustained a spinal cord injury due to a car accident. Since that time I have been paralyzed from the waist down, but have not let that stop me from living an active and fulfilling life. I have continued to pursue my passion for wine and within the last few years I was named the 2nd Best Sommelier in America and 3rd Best Young Sommelier as recognized by the Chaine des Rotisseurs. Plus, I have returned to school and am about to complete my Bachelor's Degree.
Last year, I and my friend Alex Elegudin, a quadriplegic who I met in 2003 when I was first injured, along with a few others who are committed and passionate about helping disabled individuals founded Wheeling Forward, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Wheeling Forward's mission is is to provide guidance and resources to disabled individuals for the purpose of achieving goals today rather than tomorrow, with a focus on educational attainment, employment procurement, health and wellness, and personal fulfillment. There is a grave misconception of the disabled community that living a meaningful life or achieving success is only defined by being “cured”. At Wheeling Forward, we do not and never will accept that line of thinking. We believe success should be measured by one’s personal fulfillment and we strive to assist disabled individual’s attain that fulfillment by achieving their goals. We believe no goal is too big or too small, and we are here to help get those goals accomplished by whichever means necessary. To learn more about Wheeling Forward and the work we do please visit www.wheelingforward.org or www.facebook.com/WheelingForward
Throughout the years being involved in adaptive sports has helped me tremendously to keep my body in shape and to gain confidence for tackling the challenges of living with a disability. This year I will be competing in the NYC Marathon to raise money to help disabled individuals become involved in adaptive sports so they can use the confidence gained from those experiences to strive for success in all aspects of life. Just recently, Wheeling Forward held a truly unique and exciting Adaptive Waterskiing Clinic for Children and Adults with Disabilities at Flushing Meadows Park, a first of its kind event in NYC, check out photos from the event here, after which many participants said it was the most thrilling experience they'd ever had!! And we plan on exposing disabled individuals to even more adaptive sports in Winter 2012 and in the future, including adaptive snow skiing, scuba diving, rowing, and much more.. Please help us with this cause by making a donation of whatever you can..
Thank you for all of your support, and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too! All donations are tax-deductible and your donation will go directly to supporting those living with disabilities.
If you want to cheer me on race day, here is a link to the marathon route http://www.nycmarathon.org/documents/INGNYCM12_Course_Map_ForWeb.pdf
SEE YOU AT THE FINISH LINE!!