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$525 of $7,500 goal

Raised by 10 people in 45 months
Nathan Sanders  BREVARD, NC

My name is Nathan Sanders and I am 27 years old. When I was born, I had a birth defect known as Bilateral PFFD, something that was only known in 300 cases world wide at the time. Because this was a bone problem, there wasn't a cure, and the only option was amputation of both of my legs at age 6. Between 6 and 10, I spent approximately 6 months per year at the Shriners Childrens Hospital in Greenville, SC. The majority of that time I was in body casts from the 20 surgeries I had on my legs to help try to correct the issue, or at least help me have a better quality of living. Luckily for me, I never slowed down and my parents never let me give up on life.

School was different for me. Because I went to public school, I thrived to be more like the other children. I joined the band in middle school, and in highschool was allowed to participate in the marching band. Due to the help from other parents, I was given a wheelchair with mountain bike tires on it and had my drums rigged to it in a way that allowed me to be on the field in formation with my peers. This made me feel like I was just like everyone else. In 2004 I graduated from highschool, and in 2006 my daughter was born. I now am the father of an active 7 year old girl, and I really want to be able to be a good example for her. This cycle would allow me to be able to take her on trips and teach her to ride her bike and spend a lot more time with her.

In 2010 I married the love of my life and mother of my daughter. She has encouraged me to be more physical and get out and explore, and to never let my disability define my abilities. She has been my #1 fan through all of this and my #1 supporter.


 While I do kayak, moving to the mountains of NC has given me the urge to want to take up cycling. There are always races and fundraisers going on, and I am surrounded by cyclists. I have recently been told about a group here on my side of the state that are active handcyclists, but after doing some research I realize that it is a very expensive sport to get into. I have done much prayer about this and was led to this site today by the grace of God. Hopefully with the help of friends and family and generally good people, this dream will be possible. Please, if you need to, add me on facebook and please just donate whatever God leads you to and makes possible for you.

I plan on using this handbike to my advantage to help do fundraisers for other people, and to inspire other newly disabled people and children to get out there and not give up! Just because you were dealt a different hand than everyone else in life, it doesn't mean God doesn't love you and it doesn't mean you should just give up! Get out and make a difference! Everything is possible through Christ who Strengthens me!

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Update 15
Posted by Nathan Sanders
44 months ago
Well it looks like this page and dream is dead. . .I will continue searching for ways to reach my goal. Thanks everyone who helped and said I was an inspiration. I love u all and will remember u when I make it happen and am racing in my first race. Wish me luck. Nate
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Update 14
Posted by Nathan Sanders
44 months ago
Well folks, the page is still up and got 242 views but hasn't has a visitor in a week and we are still @ 7%. Thanks to everyone who donated their money and time and helped out with this.
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Update 13
Posted by Nathan Sanders
44 months ago
Did an interview today with a guy named Joey Gibson. He drove here from Franklin, NC because he is doing a report for his Religion classes at Liberty University Online and he saw my story on WLOS. Glad God put us together because he's a really cool guy and now we have both made a New friend. What was supposed to be a 15min interview basically turned Into an hour and a half autobiography full of tears and laughs. Thats the kind of stuff I love to do. If I can inspire 1 person a day by just talking with them then that day was worth living. I realized today why I can't decide what I wanna take in college. Its because my goal is to inspire others to get out and enjoy life, and they don't teach that in college! Hopefully people will get an A and something out of our time together today. My wife was also a big part of the interview and she did great. We will have the finished project up on this page in the near future. Thanks Joey for your time, effort, and contribution to the cause.
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Update 12
Posted by Nathan Sanders
44 months ago
My wife contacted Wells Fargo bank today and they told her she can start an account, or "Fund" for locals to donate to the local branch instead of having to donate online! It should also be able to be deposited through any Wells Fargo bank. This way it can stay anonymous if you want it to, and you don't have to put your credit card info online! Thank you Lord! Now we just have to continue to pray for the support from the community. While $525 is a good amount of money, its only 7% of the GOAL! The goal isn't just going to cover the bike, it's going to cover the helmet camera that's gonna be used to video the ventures, the trailer for the truck to haul the bikes from 1 location to another, a helmet so that I'm always safe, and the adjustments needed to make this work for me. I REALLY appreciate all of the support, but viewers are becoming less and less and there hasn't been a donation in 6 days! We started off on FIRE but now we're dieing down to embers. I don't expect all of this to happen over night, and this page will stay up until we reach the goal, even if it takes years! (Please Lord don't let it take years tho). Thanks again for all of the support and love,
Nathan
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Michael Boyd
45 months ago

You can do this Nate! Your "can-do" attitude is and will continue being an inspiration to many who benefit as they observe you get on the game field rather than observe from the sidelines. With God all things are possible. Go Bro!

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Julie Guzman-eldred
45 months ago

way to go nate...you can do it..we are all so proud of you..go with God, and God's speed

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$525 of $7,500 goal

Raised by 10 people in 45 months
Created March 20, 2013
DD
$20
Donnita Dicus
45 months ago

Love seeing you at Wal-Mart! Bless you!!!!

SH
$100
Susan&Gary Holliday
45 months ago

Your story inspired us. Your message needs to be shared. Good luck with your fundraiser. Thank you for showing others what is truly possible if you just try.

JL
$100
Jack Lansford
45 months ago

May God bless your endeaver.

$50
Heather Burke
45 months ago

Love you like a brother Nathan. You are doing a great thing here. Stay strong and let God!!!

$50
Anonymous
45 months ago
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$100
Bob Camba
45 months ago

May the Lord bless you in your endeavors, brother Nathan

$25
Steve&Sally Price
45 months ago

You are an inspiration, may God richly bless you and your family!

$40
Stella Pepper
45 months ago

Proud of you! Hope all your dreams come true!

SF
$20
Sylviia Faircloth
45 months ago
$20
Stephen Steere
45 months ago

Here's a start to you reaching your goal.

Michael Boyd
45 months ago

You can do this Nate! Your "can-do" attitude is and will continue being an inspiration to many who benefit as they observe you get on the game field rather than observe from the sidelines. With God all things are possible. Go Bro!

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Julie Guzman-eldred
45 months ago

way to go nate...you can do it..we are all so proud of you..go with God, and God's speed

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