Monday, January 9, 2012

Will's Warriors

I resurrected this blog after almost 5 years when I became inspired to focus a lot of energy and time on overcoming obstacles.   Invisible fences is a reference to the obstacles we create for ourselves by saying things like “I can’t do that because….”, “I’m not in good enough shape for ….”, “I would love to, but….”.  If there is something I have truly learned in the past year it is that most of our challenges are self-created and things truly are 90% mental, or at least most of the time.

There are some true physical obstacles we often have to overcome as well.  For me personally, I have had to learn how to properly manage a chronic respiratory disease that I have had the vast majority of my life.  It was easy to use it as an excuse for lots of things which certainly helped contribute to the excess pounds I am now hell bent on shedding.   My goal is to complete the Tough Mudder at Mt. Snow, VT on May 6th.  

Sometimes it is hard to stay motivated and inspired but whenever I get to that point I think of a special little guy who is probably stronger than anyone I know.  Will is the son of two good friends of mine.  Will and his twin brother Luke were born 11 weeks premature and had to fight for life.  Anyone who has had children can tell you that it is such a wonderful experience but can be tremendously stressful  even when things go well! My friends Amanda and Nate didn’t get to hold Will until he was a week old (I can’t fathom this, I would be a wreck).   Will had complications with being premature that has resulted in him having quadriplegic spastic cerebral palsy.  

Now I have a real soft spot for kids and my wife is a truly amazing special ed pre-k teacher who works with children with all sorts of challenges.   Though we have not had the chance to meet Will in person yet (they live in NC), we love keeping up with him and his family through his mother Amanda’s blog.   Will is such an amazing, strong, and smart kid! He has gone through more in his almost 5 years than most of us will in our lives.  He does it with endless courage and a smile that melts hearts.  He truly is an inspiration. (Amanda wrote a wonderful overview about Will, which can only bring tears to your eyes here)

This is why we decided to dedicate our Tough Mudder run to Will.  We formed Will’s Warriors as a way to raise money to help Will do some of the things that he truly enjoys but are horribly expensive (everything for special needs children is stupidly expensive) such as a therapeutic pool membership or therapeutic riding.  Of course there are things he needs as well which insurance deems as luxuries for kids like Will such as communication devices or a wheelchair lift mini-van.  

So I ask that if you can spare a little (I know times are tough for many) please consider donating to the Will’s Warriors Fund so that we can help Will get some enjoyment out of life by doing the things he loves.  You can donate here.  Thank you so much for your support!

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