Anything is possible
I witnessed the power of the human spirit by watching my father live with spina bifida. Every time he was told "someone like him" could not do it, HE DID IT. His approach to life has been saturated with fire, vigor, and a lot of sarcasm. He continues to inspire me to live life as a gift meant to be unwrapped.
Similarly, I have had the great fortune of watching Craig patients and families open the gift of their new life with fire and vigor. Their perseverance combined with the unrivaled expertise of Craig's staff, patients and families have turned devastation into possibilities.
It wasn't that long ago that I did not consider myself an athlete, until my dear friend invited me to train for my first half marathon. She convinced me I am capable of accomplishing more than I knew I could. I witness that same discovery of belief in oneself among all of the patients at Craig. Since then, I've accomplished more athletic successes than I ever thought possible and once I spot the finish line, I start counting the people I pass.
That was a challenge I had the privilege to conquer. Unlike Craig patients whose abilities were ripped from them. What our body and mind can accomplish simply by sitting at a keyboard and typing can easily be taken for granted and, in a split second, be lost.
This year, more than ever, I feel the weighty disparities of our marginalized populations. People living with spinal cord and brain injuries face societal isolation, prejudice, and extensive life-long healthcare costs. Add any additional societal issue that forces them to live on the periphery of our community - black, brown, poor, GLBT - exacerbates the suffering.
The week of September 19th - 25th, I will log the equivalent of a marathon (26.2miles) in honor of Craig patients and my amazing dad. Will you join me in supporting the incredible work happening at Craig? Your gift will go to support the life-changing programs at Craig and help a patient redefine possible. Thank you in advance.
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