Meg's Paralympic Fundraiser
I need your help. I am trying to earn a position on Team USA's Rio Paralympic Cycling squad and defend my Gold Medal from the London Games. I can't do it without you.
The money raised will help me reach my goal and demonstrate to the World that, even with a disability, we are all more able than we know. Any funds raised will offset the cost of a cycing specific prosthetic leg, cycling equipment, race fees, and travel expenses. In exchange for your help I will send you a sticker with my logo as a thank you. You can check out my logo and learn more about me at MeganFisher.org .
The Paralympic Trials will be held July 2nd in Charlotte, NC. This big race is less than 100 days away and anything you donate will help - no matter how small.
I will need to raise at least $3,990 in order to make it to the Paralympic Trials. Cost breakdown: Prosthetic Leg $800, Coaching $300, Local Race Entry Fees $200, Airfare to Charlotte ~$1,000, Hotel ~ $700, Rental Car ~$900, Race Entry $50, and Food $40 (I eat a lot of rice and beans).
Sport at the highest level becomes more than a full-time job. I suppose that's why it's called being a "professional athlete." There is never a moment in the day when I am not a cyclist. Everything I eat, every hour I sleep, every pedal stroke, and every mile is measured and analyzed in the hot pursuit of making the Rio Team. Given the dedication and commitment needed to make the Rio Team, I work less hours at my other job. Unlike some of my competitiors, I still have to work to make ends meet. In truth, I will need to raise more to fully offset the costs of this season. When I'm not on my bike, in the gym, or sleeping, I work as a physical therapist at a local hospital. I love working with patients and their families. I remember what it's like to be the one in the bed, so I care for each patient how I would wish to be treated. While I love my job, I must focus on my cycling career right now. Any donation will help reduce the financial stress of being a professional athlete. I look forward to to sharing my journey to Rio and lifelong mission of overcoming obstacles with everyone.
Making the Rio Team will be a dream come true and I will have you to thank. Please make a donation and share my journey with you friends and colleagues. In addition to my role as a physical therapist I am also a motivational speaker. I have spoken across the country and I would be thrilled to share my story with your company. Feel free to contact me at GoMegFisher@gmail.com.
The ClifNotes of my life look like this:
- Born in Canada- therefore I am exceptionally kind. In case you were wondering, I am a dual citizen which allows me to proudly race for Team USA
- Split my growing up years between Chicago, Illinois and my family's farm in Canada. So, I learned to speak fluent Canadian, deep dish pizza, and Cubs baseball.
- Moved to Montana in 2001 for college and to play tennis for the University of Montana.
- In June 2002, my best friend and I were involved in a horrible car accident. Tragically, she lost her life. The crash ripped off my leg and left me in a coma.
-My recovery was slow. I actually had to have my left leg amputated twice!
- Eleven months after the last surgery to cut off more of my leg, I completed my first triathlon.
- I have won 10 World Championship Titles; 5 UCI cycling, 3 ITU Triathlon, 2 XTERRA Traithlon
- I earned Gold and Silver medals at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. I was part of the road race squad who helped my teammate earn a Bronze Medal.
The biggest races of my career are right around the corner and I am reaching out because I need your help.
I have been racing at the top of my sport for five years with Paralympic gold and silver medals and ten world championships to show for it. In those years, I supported myself by working various jobs while earning my doctorate in physical therapy. This year, the Paralympic Year, I have stepped back from working as a physical therapist to focus on representing my country and my family to the best of my ability. Elite racing requires time and dedication... so does caring for patients. I have found that I can't do both to the level that they both deserve at the same time. That's where I desperately need your help bridging the gap.
I would appreciate any financial support you could offer. If that's not in the cards, I totally understand. It would also be helpful if you could share this GoFundMe page on your social media.
Small donations are also greatly appreciated. For example, the cost of a bike tube is $8, an energy gel is $1.50, bug repellent is $10. All these smaller expenses add up.
Thank you and Go Team USA!!
I'm going to Rio!!!
Thank you for the financial and emotional support from my friends, family and everyone through the GoFundMe website.
The Games are quickly approaching. I didn't quite make the fundraising goal to make it to the Rio Trials and have had to tap my savings. Please consider making a donation to ensure I make it to the Rio start line in the best shape I can be. The Opening Ceremonies are 47 days away.
Thank you and GO TEAM USA!!!
The second stop on the UCI Paracycling World Cup schedule took riders to Ostend, Belgium on the coast of the North Sea. Given that the Rio Games are just around the corner, every athlete and team arrived ready to prove themselves.
The first day of competition promised a challenging time trial despite the flat course profile. What made the race so tough was the fact that it was so flat. There were no hills to break up the grind. Additionally, the winds off the North Sea ensured that at various points in the race there would be head winds, cross winds, and unpredictable gusts. The only solace came from a break in the rainy weather ensuring dry cobbles and pavement on race day.
My strongest competition came from fellow American and teammate Shawn Morelli- the reigning time trial AND road race world champion, who recently set the individual 3 kilometer pursuit World Record at the UCI Track World Championships in March. I knew Shawn would be at the top of her game and I would have to ride a perfect race to win. My equipment bolstered my confidence. I felt comfortable on my Felt DA1 time trial bike and knew that my Zipp wheel combination would slice through any wind that the North Sea blew at me.
I love the French term for time trial, "contre la montre", which directly translates to “against the clock.” While I was all alone out on course, I was acutely aware that every move I made added or subtracted time. Time Time Time. With every bend in the road, every gear shift and each pedal stroke, I focused on keeping aero and churning out power. Watts Watts Watts. When I crossed the finish line, I felt satisfied that there was nothing more I could have done. As the other riders finished and the results tallied, I WON! I earned the victory with the support of Team USA’s staff, everyone at Team Twenty16 and all who have contributed through my GoFundMe campaign.
Racers had one day between the time trial and road race, so a few of us from Team USA rode along a picturesque canal to the historic city of Bruges where we took in a few sites along with frites and coffee.
On the last day of competition we lined up for the road race which would be seven laps of the time trial course. While part of me wanted to have the full Belgian cycling experience with nasty conditions and wet cobbles, my more rational side was thankful for the friendly weather. Miraculously the clouds parted and we again had dry roads.
Early in the road race, I made the break with a teammate. Our small group rode off the front for a couple laps until I missed a jump and found myself stuck in no man’s land. After chasing for a lap, coaching staff directed me to wait for the chase group. As the race went along my race transformed into a battle for the podium. I sized up my competition and knew that I could earn a medal, if I played my cards right in the sprint. Unfortunately, the final kilometer did not go as planned. As the sprint developed, I positioned myself well as third wheel and prepared to attack. In an instant, the rider front brake checked, quickly slowed down, and I couldn’t respond fast enough. Faster than you can blink, I hit the deck. When I hit the ground I felt my helmet bounce off the asphalt. I’ve never been more grateful for my Catlike Helmet! Somehow, I managed to quickly get up and finish in fourth place.
Of course I’m disappointed to miss the podium, but more importantly my teammate took the top step and I will recover to race another day. After all Rio is just around the corner.
In fact, the Rio Selection Event is 30 Days away in Charlotte, NC. I need your support more than ever! Please consider a donation or perhaps you know of a speaking engagement or another opportunity. I am motivated, now more than ever, to make sure I am on the start line in Rio. Thank you and Go TEAM USA!!!