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Racing for a Voice

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This October I will be racing in Ironman Louisville with one cause in mind.  That cause is for the children of God all across the world who have not yet found their voice or are learning that they have an incredibly powerful voice.  Saved by typing is an organization that helps empower people who are nonverbal to interact and communicate via supported typing.  People who have not been able to communicate with the world for a majority of their lives are enabled to do so through supported typing, which is used at almost every saved by typing event.  My brother, Clayton Tharp, found his voice in January of 2015 and has been on an incredible journey ever since.  Clayton was mostly unable to communicate his exact thoughts with anyone until he was 27 years old.  I will never forget the day at the Carmel library on that winter day in January where the first words he typed via his ipad spelled out “Thank you for not giving up on me Mom”.  Saved by Typing offers an incredible community of support for people that are communicating via supported typing.  It has been instrumental in my brother’s journey of communicating with the world around him, and he would not be where he is today without their help.  I will be training and racing in the ironman to help raise awareness and funds for this incredible organization.  There are so many people out there who need to be heard and will be heard.  I hope that I can play a small part in making that happen.  For more information on the saved by typing organization and supported typing please visit their website:

  “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord.  Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11


  • Abby Back
    • $75 
    • 7 yrs

Organizer and beneficiary

Joey Tharp
Fishers, IN
Jim Smyth

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