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A different kind of run

Monday, August 22, 2011

I recently volunteered to be a sherpa. Not for the Alps (I wish). This type of sherpa carries a disabled "runner" along trails in a Trailrunner, designed by the Mayor of Vancouver who is himself a paraplegic.

(I'm at the front of the Trailrunner in the white top).

The experience was great and my team even ended up in the city paper. But, the coolest part was meeting Margaret. She is a C6-7 quadriplegic who injured herself at age 16 during a gymnastics stunt. She's in her 30s now, holds a Master's Degree, volunteers with a number of organizations like the Rick Mercer Foundation, and has an indomitable spirit.

I volunteered to be a sherpa because I love the outdoors, especially running trails, and thought that if I couldn't do it without someone's help...well, I wanted to give what I would want to get. We're running every week to train for a trail race in September. What a great incentive to stay in shape.

(I'm wearing the VFFs - barefoot shoes)

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CHALLENGER15 8/23/2011 8:39PM


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VIRGOLGAL 8/23/2011 11:16AM

    Wow!! What a great event and a super motivator for people!!! Amazing.

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    That is amazing! Thank you for being an awesome person!

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  Sounds like a blast! Good for you :)

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    What a fantastic idea...everyone involved benefits!!! You are amazing!!!

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MELLIL 8/22/2011 4:19PM

    emoticon emoticon GOOOO YOU!!! Oh I LOVE this! All of it! The giving spirit... the fitness mode... the cooperation... the FUN! You have surely blessed that young woman - and been blessed in return! emoticon GO! You emoticon ... I'm sO proud!

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FREES1 8/22/2011 3:47PM

    what an awesome thing!!!

I once lived with someone with MS who used a wheel chair... its absolutely amazing what these folks can do given the right equipment and opportunities!

a great gift you and your team are giving!

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