Watching the summer Paralympic Games live on youtube is getting me so excited for the Winter Games!! Help me get there by donating as little as $1.
I'll be honest, watching the Olympic opening ceremony is a bit emotional for me. I want so badly to compete in the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. That's why I started this fundraiser to help pay for my training, travel expenses, and equipment. Please, take a moment to donate as little as $1 to this girl who dreams of being a Paralympian.
Tax deductable donations may be made to the National Ability Center. Please contact me for more information.
Six months after losing my leg in a motorcycle accident, I
was back on the snow. I may be from Alabama, but snow is no stranger to me. My
Dad first took me skiing when I was 7 as part of my girl scouts program, and I
was hooked! After I lost my leg I thought that I wouldn't be able to do
anything, but my Dad found out about the National Ability Center in Park
City, Utah. The NAC teaches people with
disabilities how to ski and snowboard. Of course, I tried skiing, and honestly,
it was terrifying! I switched to snowboarding, and it was exhilarating! For the
first time since my accident, I could do something just as well as other people.
Regardless, I never imagined that I would be asked to join Team Utah Adaptive
Snowboarding a year later.
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This last January, I moved to Utah to train full time with
the team. Being only one of two girls on the team, I spent most of my time
trying to keep up with the boys. By the end of the season, I would say that I
had gotten pretty good at it. In April, I competed in the Canadian ParaSnowboard
World Cup. It was easily the most challenging and technical boarder-cross course
I've ever been on. To top it all off, I was sick as a dog and could barely keep
my food down long enough to run the course. I still managed to come in third
though, which put my world ranking for this season at fourth place.
Making the podium at the World Cups is amazing, and I'm
extremely proud of my accomplishments, but I've had my eyes set on even greater
things ever since the International Paralympic Committee announced the
inclusion of ParaSnowboarding in the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
I would have never made it this far without support from
family, friends, and people I've met along the way. Once again, I need everyone's
help to make my dreams come true. My journey to the 2014 Winter Games won't be
an easy or cheap one, and I will need all of the help and support that I can
I have several goals to meet in preparation for the coming
A New prosthetic knee and liners: $7,500
Training Expenses: $5,000
Competition Travel and Expenses: $10,500
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