Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Please Help With VT50K

On September 27th I’ll be attempting to run the Vermont 50K(31miles) to benefit Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sport.

The race takes a great deal of time, training, and mental toughness on the runner’s part. But this pales in comparison to the determination and heart that people with disabilities show when they chose to conquer their said disabilities. There is nothing you can’t do if put your heart and mind into it

Please help to give everyone a chance to live and enjoy their dreams.

Thank you


I can take checks Made out to VASS or
Donations can be made online at:

Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports Vision:
We believe sports and recreation provide a physical, mental and social experience that is immeasurable in promoting self-confidence and independence in an individual.To that end, we extend an enormous thanks to our affiliates, sponsors, volunteers and partners who believe in our mission and vision, and who afford us the opportunity to bring sports and recreation to our clients’ lives.
About Vermont Adaptive
With nearly 400 active volunteers, plus generous partners and sponsors, and an amazing base of clients and friends, Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports has been at the forefront of sports and recreation for those with disabilities in New England for more than 20 years. Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports is committed to empowering individuals with disabilities. We promote independence and further equality through access and instruction to sports and recreational activities.

“What I remember the most is Jacob's smile! It didn't go away once and his excitement was beaming! This was the first time ever that Jacob had done an activity that he was not asking to leave or was not struggling to understand what to do. As I video taped, the tears were freezing to my cheeks! I think I was the proudest mom in the world at that moment! And at the end of his lesson he asked "can I go one more time?" This was a first for Jacob and I knew at that moment, that it was meant to be that I found Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports!....
Just being in that VASS atmosphere at PICO gave me an over whelming feeling of happiness. One that is hard to describe! I saw smiles and happiness all over the place. People in wheel chairs laughing with their instructors as they got ready to hit the slopes. Another instructor stooping down to a 5-year-olds level to ask them if they were ready to go have fun and ski. And what most people may forget.. Is these people are not getting paid to do this! They are volunteering!”

“Sailing was, without a doubt, the most awesome summer sport. Neither one of us had sailed before. Esther said when she was steering the sailboat it made her feel in control and momentarily forget about her disability. It gave us great joy to watch others steer the boat and leave their worries behind. It was almost as if everyone’s disability had vanished.”

“Karinna has a bold spirit and she thrives on adventure; she was an active participant… We’re so thankful to Vermont Adaptive’s team of caring and spirited professionals. Through your care, Karinna has been able to enjoy and join the family for canoeing, skiing and horseback riding. We all benefit from the fresh-air togetherness.”

How Dose some one attempt to run a 50K?

“Dig deep into your well of Human Potential and pull up a pail of "I CAN." Drink from the waters of your soul and your heart will carry you to places of grandeur. No it won't be easy, it might hurt.. but IT CAN BE DONE. The human body is the most amazing instrument you will EVER own. Why don't you take it out for a spin and learn what your potential REALLY is. You'll be surprised.. I promise. Human Potential is UNLIMITED, so don't be afraid to get in line and take a drink from the waters of life.” John Lacroix

"The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start." John "The Penguin" Bingham

“Run if you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must, just never give up.” Dean Karnazes,

“The trick is to NOT wrap your head around it. Just go out and do it. You'd be amazed how far your legs can take you if you simply let them” Josh Robert