The Courage Over Fear Run & Documentary

This May I launched The Courage Over Fear Project, a platform for people to share how they are overcoming their fears, insecurities, and struggles by demonstrating simple acts of courage. The whole point is to encourage those who feel alone, isolated, or held back by fear to keep moving forward through the obstacles, pain, struggles, and fear we all face in life.

According to a 2018 Cigna Study, nearly-half of American's (46%) report "sometimes" or "always" feeling alone. That statistic breaks my heart.

So this November I've decided to take on the biggest challenge of my life by running the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon in a strait jacket, then escape it just before crossing the finish line. Is this a crazy idea? Probably! But I think it gives a real-life visual of what it looks like to keep moving forward through the race of life despite the obstacles, fears, and issues that try to hold us back. And if it means at least one person receives the encouragement they need to keep moving forward as a result, then it's worth it to me.

Your support will help cover the travel expenses and the cost to turn the journey of this race into a documentary that can live on after the race is over. As a thank you to those who support the project I'll be sending hand written thank you notes, you'll receive early access to screen the documentary before it premiers online later this year, you'll be included supporter shout-outs on social media, and you'll receive early word of new initiatives (like my upcoming podcast and Courage Over Fear T-Shirts).


The strait jacket I'll be running in is covered in words like "fear, skin-color, miscarriage, cancer, and divorce" that people have written about the things that hold them captive to fear and keep them from running their race to their fullest potential.

In the fall of 2017, I created a short dramatic-performance based around escaping a strait jacket. At the time, I was going through a slew of emotions and circumstances that had me feeling stuck and incredibly lonely. And it just so happened that as I was rewriting my strait jacket escape  all those emotions and feelings flowed over into the dramatic aspect of the performance that came out the other end.

Nevertheless, during those performances I allowed members of the audience to write their obstacles and issues on the jacket in permanent marker before I attempted the escape as a way to move past the things that hold us back and toward the things that make us feel alive. And it gave a powerful visual to the things But after just a few performances, the strait jacket was almost covered and writing and I realized that the message at the heart of the performance was resonating hard with audiences.

After spending most of 2018 brainstorming new ideas to elevate the message to a new level I started the Courage Over Fear Project and it quickly took on a life of it's own. We added ways for people to get connected and give a voice to the voiceless and as a result we launched our website in May of 2019. Shortly after the launch we added a community blog for people to share their personal stories and experiences to demonstrate courage/vulnerability and be encouraged by others through comments and other blogs.

Likewise, I'm currently working hard creating the Courage Over Fear Podcast [available for streaming this summer], which will included conversations about courage, fear, and the space in between.

I'm excited to bring each component of the Courage Over Project to life, but I need your support. I've already covered most of the expenses out of my own pocket (web hosting fees, designer fees, marketing material production costs, etc.) but since this is a not for profit initiative things are starting to add up quickly.

For more information on the project please visit the website or shoot me an email at 


  • Anonymous 
    • $30 
    • 1 mo
  • Matt Hanagan 
    • $10 
    • 4 mos
  • Rachel Kutner 
    • $10 
    • 4 mos
  • Julie Britt 
    • $100 
    • 5 mos
  • Janelle Orsborn 
    • $20 
    • 9 mos


Stephen Cabe 
Niles, MI
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