Against the Tide: Amputee Pulls Son in Kayak

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Against the Tide: Amputee Pulls Son in Kayak

Against the Tide: Amputee Pulls Son in Kayak




My name is Harry Boucher, and I will be swimming in the Lake Del Valle Open Water Swim on June 1, 2014. I will be pulling my son in a kayak as I complete the race.

After the officials in a swim competition tried to disqualify me from competing because of my amputation I realized amputee’s swimming wasn’t’ “acceptable” to some, and misunderstood by most. That day something changed, I decided I was going to take something others didn’t understand and use it as a way to create awareness and create opportunities for others with disabilities to live full lives. Not only have I shown being a successful swimmer is possible, I am now going to attempt something that has never been done before! My goal is to raise enough awareness and support to see my dream of an accessible baseball field and playground for kids of all abilities! Through generous support from friends and people in the community, we are close, but we need your help! Please take a moment and think of the kids who would otherwise never know the feeling of holding a baseball bat, or hitting a ball, or even something as simple as swinging in a playground..

I have lived in the Turlock/Modesto area my entire life, and have been swimming off and on for the better part of it, over 30 years! I took a long break from swimming 20 years ago to raise my daughters. I now have a 10 year old son, He is such an inspiration! He never gives up, and is the happiest little guy I know! It reminds me that no matter how bad we have it, there is always someone who has it worse... I am an amputee, but am fortunate enough to be ambulatory, I don't experience the limitations that most people in wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, etc. have to deal with on a daily basis. I've been blessed with amazing parents who believed it was important to raise me with a sense of determination, I never felt, or believed I was disabled, I still don't.. Seeing the world through my kids eyes has taught me a lot about life and love, they are and always will be three of my biggest inspirations! I have a couple of very close friends, old, and recent who's inspiration challenges me to do better.. You know who you are.. 

I am at a very happy time in my life, it is my goal to put more smiles on the faces of people who live with challenges and hopefully this website will help me accomplish that! Every dollar made through this website will go toward my devotion of making life a little easier for special needs kids of all ages! 


Thank You

-Harry Boucher


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