Hello friends and family!
Competing in the VT 100 is a challenge that I look forward to meeting this summer. While I have spent hours, days, months and even years training for this event, it is something that I have been passionate about. There are people out there for whom just getting out to walk can be a challenge. People who need a little extra assistance to meet the challenge that brings health, fun and passion to their lives. Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports provides sports and recreational programs as well as wellness and environmental retreats to people with disabilities. They’re programs are offered to people of all ages, with a variety of disabilities. Programs include skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and Nordic in the winter; and sailing, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, cycling, rock climbing, horseback riding, and more in the warmer months.
I have been active in endurance events for many years now. The running and triathlon community has done so much to help me. Which made me realize it's time I do something more than just pay an entry fee. I was fortunate to find an event that I'm not only interested in but is also supporting a very worthy cause.
I have challenged myself to compete in the VT 100 mile endurance run this summer. This will test every aspect of my physical and mental ability. The Vermont 100 uses the proceeds from it's event to support the Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports program. Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing recreational and competitive sports opportunities to people with disabilities.
I take for granted every day my ability to even consider participating in a running event. There are many who will never have such an opportunity. This program will help them to build self-confidence and independence as an individual through adaptive sports.
I watched my disabled son Patrick smile from ear to ear when he participated in an adaptive program. Patrick suffered a traumatic brain injury which has led to limited use of his right arm and leg. He also has restricted vision and is unable to speak. However, despite his disabilities, he was able to ski down a mountain with the help of adaptive devices and truly passionate volunteers. I would love others to feel such a boost in confidence as well.
I understand it's difficult to reach in your pocket and contribute money. However I ask that if you consider those who could benefit from your donation. Any amount at all would be greatly appreciated.
I have a goal of raising at least $5,000 however I'm confident with your help I can far exceed that.
Please consider donating what you can to help me reach my goal and help Vermont Adaptive meet their goal too!
Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that empowers people of all disabilities through inclusive sports and recreational programming regardless of ability to pay. In addition to sports, year round programming options integrate environmental, holistic wellness, and competitive training philosophies for people of all ages with cognitive, developmental, physical and emotional/behavioral disabilities. The organization believes sports and recreation provide a physical, mental and social experience that is immeasurable in promoting self-confidence and independence in an individual.
With nearly 400 active volunteer instructors, plus generous partners and sponsors, and an amazing base of clients and friends, Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports has been at the forefront of sports and recreation for those with disabilities in New England for nearly 30 years. Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports is committed to empowering individuals with disabilities. We promote independence and further equality through access and instruction to sports and recreational activities.
The VT 100 is one of Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports biggest fund raisers every year. For more information about Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports: www.vermontadaptive.org.