Amy's Road to Tokyo 2020
I am a visually impaired competitor and race internationally with a woman who serves as my guide and my eyes while I swim bike and run in tandem with her. I lost my sight to a rare autoimmune condition, combined with Uveitis and Glaucoma. I have undergone chemotherapy and 29 surgeries to save my small piece of remaining sight, essentially tunnel vision. I continue these treatments every three months, enabling me to balance surgery while racing hard. Triathlon has given me a new path forward and I'm grateful that I get to represent my country as a professional athlete despite overwhelming odds. And, I need your help. Racing at the elite level is very expensive, and I currently have no financial sponsors.
I am currently ranked number six in the world and number two in the United States. This level of dedication and sacrifice and training involves hundreds and hundreds of hours and tens of thousands of dollars to get to the starting line. An average season racing overseas costs nearly $50,000 per year. While most race expenses are covered through USA Triathlon until March 2019, training and travel above $200/ month for me and my guide isn't. And we live 1700 miles apart, making that a tremendous logistic and financial burden. In addition, I pay it forward by running a camp for blind triathletes to learn the skills to become elite athletes themselves. You can learn more about my camp at nosightnolimits.com.
Every single dollar helps us. It can help with chiropractic care, nutrition, bike repairs, car rentals, hotels and more.
Be a part of my team. I cannot do this without the help of hundreds of friends, family, companies and supporters like you. Thank you for your support and I look forward to representing the United States on the biggest stage of the world.
Thank you all for your generosity this week in helping Kirsten and I afford the week of training in Australia prior to our race at the ITU World Championships on Sept 15. These donations will help us with meals, car rental, Airbnb, gas, and pool entry fees while getting acclimated to the time zone and finalizing preparation for my race. This is our first opportunity to have a dedicated practice week together in ANY race in the past two seasons, with no work or family distractions, so I'm REALLY excited to see how we can work on getting faster and more efficient as a Blind athlete and guide team. YOU are making that possible.
I just returned from 4 and half days on the east coast, having eye surgeries number 28&28 for my Uveitis and Glaucoma. I had Ozurdex implants put in each eye to slow down the progression of my disease and to combat the inflammation that is stealing my sight each month. Surgery was a success, and I'm awaiting removal of the stitches before flying to Australia this Saturday. For now, it's rest, recover, and train and pack my bike and bags for Australia. I'm ITCHING to race! It's going to be a fast one on that course!!!
Amy and guide Kirsten