Our team name "Full of Awesome" comes from my mom's desire for every kid to keep the confidence they have when they are little. Every kid knows they are awesome when they are 3 or 4. They know they are going to be a professional athelete or a rocket scientist or Miss America. Then somewhere along the way their confidence waivers (it's called middle school). Self-doubt creeps in compromising their sense of awesomeness. Unfortunately this happens to all kids, but maybe even more so to the ones whose body's don't do what they want/need for it to do. They are at risk of being picked on and bullied all because they are differently abled. Raising awareness of those differences and strengths is a great way for those kids to keep their sense of awesomeness.
I am excited to participate in the Walk-N-Roll for Spina Bifida 2017! This one mile community building and awareness generating walk celebrates the infants, toddlers, kids, teenagers, and adults affected by this complex birth defect. I am dedicated to help the Spina Bifida Association (SBA) advance its mission of improving the quality of life of all affected by this challenging birth defect by raising funds and awareness.
One in 2,858 will be born with Spina Bifida or another neural tube defect, making Spina Bifida the most commonly occurring birth defect in this country. The total average lifetime health costs for an infant born with Spina Bifida can exceed $1,000,000. Even though an estimated 60% of people living with Spina Bifida are adults yet there are only 10 adult clinics across the U.S. Can you imagine having to travel out of state or across the country to get medical care?
I am determined to help the SBA eliminate these challenges and create a brighter tomorrow for the 177,000 Americans living with Spina Bifida. I am committed to raising $500 to support programs and services provided by the local SBA. Please donate $50 today to help make a difference for this underserved community.
Join me in supporting the 177,000 Americans that bravely cope with this challenging birth defect on a daily basis. All donations are 100% tax deductible and will help me reach my goal. Donations can be made here, on my personal webpage or via check made out to the Spina Bifida Association and mailed to me (made out to the SBA). If you’re unable to make a donation at this time, register today to join me for the Walk.