Just another 'marathon'!
'Better today than yesterday; bit as good as tomorrow.'
My daughter, Katherine and I will be participating in SkyRise Chicago, tackling the planet’s highest indoor tower climb of the Willis Tower to raise funds for the nation's best, and I mean BEST rehabilitation hospital – the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, formerly known as the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC)!
The AbilityLab provides world-class rehabilitation care to thousands of patients like myself. I was there recovering this past summer from Guillain Barre Syndrome; one nasty disease. For others it was traumatic brain or spinal cord injury, for others it was stroke or cancer recovery. The funds raised through SkyRise Chicago will directly support advances in patient care and cutting-edge research. I truly would not be where I am today without those doctors, therapists, and nurses. When my time was up, people would say, 'I bet you're glad to go home.' 'Not really,' I would answer. This will be my way of showing them how I truly loved that place and would go through it all again to have had that experience!
SkyRise Chicago is truly a special event. It’s the only tower climb in the world to offer two modes of participation - by foot up the Willis Tower stairs and by hand-cycling the equivalent distance. These options give anyone, no matter their level of ability, the opportunity to participate. Just like the 'dance parties' on Fridays that we had!
Help us as we challenge ourselves (me more so than her) physically and mentally to complete the climb and support of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, a non-profit hospital. Your donation will help the research hospital continue to provide patients like me with world-class care for the brightest possible future.
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