Triathlete Fashion School Fund

$1,405 of $17,467 goal

Raised by 10 people in 47 months
Doing a 180 at 40 years of age isn't very easy. After living 18 years in Mexico, working jobs I never really liked and saying to myself "I'll do something I want to do...eventually," I realized that it was now or never. So I tied up loose ends, ditched the copy editing job and applied for fashion school. 

And guess what? I was accepted by the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (the place where "Under the Gunn" with Tim Gunn is filmed)!  

I have to admit, leaving behind the Caribbean beaches and good friends was really tough. But I had to try and make a dream come true. It is definitely not a bag of peanuts but I am 40 and have the energy to make it work. I am a triathlete and since starting in 2008, I've done a lot of sprints, an Olympic, three 70.3s, several 5k swims and a lot of runs. I know what pushing yourself to the limit and hard training are like. And just like in a triathlon, I know I won't lay down until I cross the finish line. Fashion school is going to help me create something for this sport that I love so much so that lots of people like me can train and compete in clothes they love as much as I love the sport.

As you might have figured, fashion school is costly. I applied for federal loans and was able to get about $14,000, which is a lot but still wasn't enough to cover even half of the tuition. I researched private loan options but since I had been living in Mexico for the last 18 years, I have a very limited credit history (i.e. crappy credit). I have searched for a co-signer, which was the other option, with little success. 

Your donation would help me pay for tuition, the classes and make the contacts I need to make a clothing line I feel that we triathletes deserve. Because like you and me, triathletes come in all shapes and sizes and when we are giving it our 100%, we want to at least look good doing it too. 

Here's the extra credit video I sent in with my school application. I feel like this is what clinched the deal for me:


My first racking tag for my first 70.3:


Me at a timetrial, in the gate and about to leave:


Leaving the water at the ITU Cancun 2012:


Crying as I finished my first 70.3 Ironman in 2009. Finishing is the best feeling in the world!
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We are down to the wire! Help me get to my goal of $2100 for this Monday!
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I am in the final stretch! HELP AND DONATE!
I pretty nearly cried when I got the phone call this afternoon from my adviser, welcoming to school. If you want to help me out, now is the time to do it!
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IT IS NOT OVER!

UPDATE - I've just talked to my lovely admissions adviser and the skinny is this: I can start this Monday if I have my first payment. If I push back the start date, tuition will go up another $2000 but there is the chance of starting this quarter IF I can pay up an estimated $2100.

I am asking it now: If you were thinking about donating, now is the time to do it. This is literally the stretch into home plate. If you have it in your heart to help me out in my journey to make you better looking triathlon clothing, all I ask is that you help me.

MONDAY, 6 OCTOBER 2014 is my registration date but only if you want it to happen!
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I am down to the last few days before I have to pay my first payment for school. On October 1, 2014, $2824 is due in order for me to register for this Fall 2014.

I do not know if miracles exist but I am putting out this update to let you know that I have worked on this with a lot of heart. Yes, I've had a tear or two fall at the thought of not being able to go and things are looking like they will be going that way. But I also couldn't give up without at least trying to run to the finish line.

I thank and appreciate everyone who has donated or has reposted me. And the brilliant thing is that a lot of the people who helped out were people that only did it because they believe in me. And that is worth so much more than the money.

In the worst case scenario, I would like to let everyone know that if I don't have all the money to go to school, I will not use what was donated until I do.

Thank you for your light. I love you all.
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$1,405 of $17,467 goal

Raised by 10 people in 47 months
Created September 4, 2014
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JM
$50
Johanna Murholm
46 months ago

Go Fumi! Go Fumi! Tu puedes! :)

$50
Anonymous
46 months ago
SS
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Susan Sanchez
46 months ago

Reach for that dream!

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46 months ago
$500
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46 months ago
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46 months ago
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Ingrid Ernst
47 months ago

If your dreams don't scare you they're not big enough! Go Fumiko!

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47 months ago
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