Hello Pizza Lovers and Runner Fans—
What a year 2020 has been. I was supposed to come back to tackle 100 miles in Vermont, but the world had different plans. Plans that included sticking to roads in NYC for a few months, losing both jobs and baking pizza from my apartment to pay rent while doing good for others by giving it away for free.
Then my parents both got COVID and my mom sadly passed away. There aren't enough words to express the heartbreak this has brought to both myself and my family. Mom never got to see me finish but I know she is looking down upon me each and every day. Racing Vermont in 2021 will be for my mom and for anyone else who has lost a loved one to this pandemic.
In the true spirit of my mom, I am going to do good for others as I train for this race by fundraising to help keep the Vermont Adaptive funded, regardless if the race happens or not. I am a member of the Brooklyn Achilles International chapter, working with disabled athletes each week—the Vermont Adaptive is a mission and group that enables me to give back to disabled athletes in and around Vermont. I'd like to ask for your support as I embark on this mission over the next 8 months. Below is a bit more about the Adaptive and most of all, thank you for taking some time to read my story.
To learn more about my story and why I bake pizzas while running, please click here.
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 over 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.