Help send me to race the Hawaii Ironman World Championships this October! As many of you know, I was in a car accident on August 18th. Injuring my left hand via the airbag I broke multiple fingers, suffered several dislocations, and incurred extensive soft tissue injury. I have continued my full load of Kona training (with modified indoor cycling, crossfit, & running). I will be unable to swim until race day, and even then with braces on some of my finger(s). As a nurse, I'm unable work with just use of one hand, until at least October. Any help you can give to make this trip financially possible for me, I appreciate from the bottom of my heart. I can keep up my end with my countless hours of daily training, but I will need financial help to pay for travel, shipping of gear, housing, car, insurance, and race expenses. All of these things I have been saving for over many months, however with the financial impact of this injury I do not have enough funds to cover everything I need to make this race happen.
I am traveling to Kona for my second 140.6 mile Ironman triathlon. I'm using my national media attention as an NBC 'Kona Inspired" athlete as a platform to highlight the work of a Non-Profit Organization near and dear to my heart: "Girls On The Run" (www.girlsontherun.com).
I believe I can change every young womans participation in athletics as a source of overall health, awareness and self-empowerment. I'm working to increase media attention for GOTR's amazing non-profit, promoting for them through newspaper, electronic media, and through many of the sports companies supporting my Kona journey. GOTR is providing me with a platform to continue to share my personal story of overcoming sexual abuse, inspiring young women around the United States to empower themselves through sports.
In September I will begin working with inner city elementary school children in Los Angeles to share my story, educate them on issues related to sexual abuse awareness, and recruit for participation GOTR's programs. My speaking at these schools will inspire young children, opening their eyes to participation in runnning, aiding them to begin their own journeys to 'do the impossible'.
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