Help me break a record!

$925 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 25 people in 22 months

I can't tell you about how I got to this point with out starting here: I grew up in the west suburbs of Chicago. I grew up in poverty in constant fear of violence at the hands of my father. The Department of Family and Children's Services became involved with my family after my school filed a report. At this point I had stopped attending school and I was failing all my classes. My life  became a life of bouncing from foster home to foster home, with ongoing hospitalizations for suicide attempts, PTSD and major depression. Needless to say, I was unable to function in any capacity. Trying anything new was not in my comfort zone. In all of this mess, I was lucky enough to meet 3 wonderful women who took on the job of mothering me and loving me. They refused to give up on me when I had given up on myself.  And though one of them is gone, I carry her lessons with me still as I have begun to live my life with nothing short of bravery. I feel like the Phoenix rising from the ashes. I don't say this from a place of grand self-importance, but simply that I have literally slept in the dirt when I became homeless after my discharge from DSFS. I spent my first semester in college in a homeless shelter. When the school found out, the registrar made every attempt to get me to quit. When I graduated on time 4 years later she apoligized. My 4 hour round trip commute would start at 4 a.m. and I was home in bed at midnight so I can start again in the morning. Basically, I don't give up, ever! Since graduating from college with a degree in fine arts I've been blessed with opportunities I never could have imagined as a little brown girl from the hood: riding a horse across Eastern Mongolia for a month, traveling the globe, and a solo bike ride from Tucson to Chicago among other things. I also climb big rocks! These are the things that make me feel alive. I'm also deaf, and this has created some obstacles. Since I'm currently dependent on disability, I don't always have a way to fully fund some of these crazy endeavors. In June I plan to race the Trans American Bike Race, a 100 percent self-supported race (no aid stations, you are on your own) from Astoria, Oregon to Yorktown, Virginia...traversing through 10 states! My hope is to break the women's record and finish in under 18 days!!! When people ask me about this race, about the difficulty, about the pain of pedaling a bike through 4,300 miles, my response is that I've been preparing for this my whole life. This is going to be a piece of cake in comparison!!! Thank you for taking the time to read my story, any support will be greatly appreciated!!!
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Thank you all for your support! I could not do this without you!
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I'll be blogging about my journey here: http://18days2017.blogspot.com/
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Lena Rothman
19 months ago
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I can donate on June 1. Your story is nothing short of amazing.You're a strong,beautiful womyn.Write a book syster! Seriously.Love you for your courage and honesty.

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Marisa Muro
19 months ago

Thank you, Lena for your kind and beautiful words.

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$925 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 25 people in 22 months
Created February 22, 2017
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$50
Susan Rudnicki
18 months ago

Better late than never! I read your story on FB and I'm in awe at your determination.

$10
Anonymous
18 months ago
$10
Lena Rothman
18 months ago

Wish it was more. But gotta go with what I got. Happy Birthday too.

$25
Patty Valera
18 months ago

Happy bday !! U r my hero'!

JH
$50
Jennifer Hocking
18 months ago

you go marisa! love your strength & determination & compassion.

TR
$20
Tonna Reinhold
18 months ago

If u need $ ask me. I will give if I have it--I'm almost always strapped, but I can give a couple more donations here & there

NW
$25
Natasha Warner
18 months ago

Good luck, Marisa! Keep going.

$25
Margie Brown
18 months ago

Go for it and stay safe.

Lena Rothman
19 months ago
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I can donate on June 1. Your story is nothing short of amazing.You're a strong,beautiful womyn.Write a book syster! Seriously.Love you for your courage and honesty.

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Marisa Muro
19 months ago

Thank you, Lena for your kind and beautiful words.

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