Support me in making a difference!
Thank you for supporting me as I begin my training for the hand-cycle event of SkyRise Chicago! As a hand-cyclist, I will cycle the same distance as if I were to climb 2,109 steps – 103 flights on November 3, 2019 at the Willis Tower.
Thirty-six years ago, I sustained a C-7 complete spinal cord injury at the age of 24. Since then, my life has been a challenging and surprisingly fulfilling journey. There have been many obstacles confronting me. I am still climbing and I have not stopped. If it were not for the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) and my family behind me, I would have given up a long time ago.
SRAlab has shown me many things – many that I did not know. Meeting people from all walks of life, from all over the country has shown me that we all have a common bond and need to lift our spirits and understand that everyone has a purpose. As a result, I developed a men’s support group – “Men with a Purpose” – and work to help others to achieve their goals.
This will be my seventh year participating in SkyRise. Once again, my family, friends, and the SRALAB are pulling for me. Each revolution on my hand-cycle will represent one-step. To finish, I need to complete 2,109 revolutions, with resistance, similar to stepping up stairs, but with my biceps & triceps. As a man with quadriplegia, this will be extremely challenging. Since I have no grip, I will use my wrists firmly placed on the handles. I have been working hard every week to build my strength and stamina.
This event is pushing me outside of my comfort zone. SRAlab motivates me. I want to take this opportunity to support this great organization and also climb to support my sister Darlene who is struggling with her health. Thank you for contributing to a very worthwhile cause and for helping me continue to show and achieve NEW ABILITY every day.
To Donate Online: www.skyrisechicago.org – Scroll down to Click: Sponsor a Participant – Look up my name or others on the LIFE Center 103 Team or to access my page click: http://ric.convio.net/site/TR/SkyRise/General?px=1132023&pg=personal&fr_id=1180http://ric.convio.net/site/TR/SkyRise/General?px=1132023&pg=personal&fr_id=1180
To donate by check, make payable to Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
Help others learn more about physical disabilities and resources that promote productivity and active community participation. Visit the LIFE Center at https://www.sralab.org/lifecenter
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