I'm a 40-something wife and working mom who recently got on the fitness train. In an effort to become a positive healthy role model for my son, I looked for an activity that would challenge me in a fun way. My love of swimming drew me to triathlon (go big or go home, right?) and in 2012 I completed four sprint triathlons. My hard work paid off with the gift of a huge sense of accomplishment and greatly improved fitness, going from almost-couch to sprint tri in under a year. In an effort to improve my weakest link, running, I registered for the 2013 Iron Girl Columbia Half Marathon. The half will kick off an Iron Girl Triple Crown season for me, rounded out by Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon in August and Iron Girl Rocky Gap Triathlon in September, sponsered by TriColumbia.
My son is my sunshine and my motivation. A little over 3 years ago we adopted him at the age of 6.5 from Shaanxi Province in China. He was born with Tetralogy of Fallot, a congenital heart defect. His heart was repaired in China, but only after his birth family decided that they could not keep him. While we don't know exactly why they made this decision, it is very possible that, like many families in China, they were unable to afford the surgery necessary for him to survive. China does not have socialized health care, surgeries are typically paid up-front and often the costs are beyond what families can afford. I am running (and swimming and biking) to raise donations for the Love Without Boundaries Unity Fund. The Unity Fund provides needed surgeries for children whose families are facing the impossible - feeling their only option is to abandon their child at an orphanage so they can get the surgical/medical care they need to survive. As a mom, I can't imagine being faced with that heart wrenching decision, and as I train and race this year, it is these parents and children who, with my son, will be in my heart as I cross the finish line. Please consider joining me and making a donation to help. Thank You!