Twelve years ago, I was told I was terminal. I was told that in all likelihood, I would not survive to see the next decade. I was lucky. I recovered. I am now healthy and today I am challenging myself on multiple levels, athletically, intellectually, and more. I am in medical school, with hopes of volunteering for Medecins Sans Frontieres one day. I am also riding my bicycle in extreme endurance events, raising funds for worthy charities I feel help others in ways similar to what saved my own life. Medecins Sans Frontieres / Doctors Without Borders is one of those charities.
Already, I've raised funds through my riding via the greuling 120 mile Triple Bypass (twice), crossing the Colorado Rockies, among many other events. I also help children with cancer via the Wapiyapi Classic, which I had to cancel last year due to injuries.
On September 18th, my bicycle and I went over a cliff on Mount Evans, the highest paved road in N. America. I fell 30 feet, landing on my back, fracturing 9 vertebrae, shattering my rib cage and scapula, puncturing both lungs, and seriously lacerating a kidney and my spleen. I was in ICU 10 days, in hospital 25 days. I had spine surgery in December to fuse several vertebrae and remove bone fragments that were causing nerve damage. However, I WILL ride again, and am already registered to ride the Triple Bypass a 3rd time. Like little Coleman (a child with cancer who I rode for last year), I'll "Neva Div Up!".
Thank you for visiting my Personal Fundraising Page. Donating through this site is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to make a contribution to our fundraising efforts. Many thanks for your support-- and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!
Feel free to visit my training blog on LiveStrong, to follow my progress! Cheers! Belinda http://www.livestrong.com/profile/CircaRigel