It is getting so close to the day when I will be running my leg of the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay. February 26, 2012!!! Eeeeee!
After sending in my initial paperwork, I didn't expect to hear back from them until early in January, but yesterday I recieved more forms to fill out so they can arrange for my uniform and anything else I might need for my leg (this step is probably more important for the people who are participating while also facing the challenges of a disability and the prospect of the weather being quite nasty at that point of the winter).
I'm not sure what the next step will be, but it sounds like they will be in contact sometime early int eh new year to make further arrangements and preparations with me. I am still so excited to be involved in this wonderful endeavour. It promises to be one of the most amazing experiences of my life!
Rick Hansen was an incredible inspiration to me as a child. To always believe in myself and not accept barriers placed before me. These are lessons I took to heart and that have formed the woman I have become. I never had to fight for physical accessibility like so many people out there do, but I think the lesson about not letting barriers be placed in your way is a strong one that can carry us all if we let it. Being a part of this team is such a special thing for me. I am proud and incredibly humbled to have been selected.
Here's a little video for y'all:
and another about the medal I'll be carrying - just listeing to all of the symbolism that went into crafting it was enough to cause me to tear up a bit:
And, if you would like to contribute to the cause, here is a link to make a donation! I would like to see if I can raise $500 for the Foundation! Let's all be difference makers!