Now that I am starting to feel a little more nimbly-bimbly on my feet, I thought that it was due time to set up some goals for myself. Maybe it was chance or providence, but when I made this decision I saw that my friend Dave over at The Ironheart Foundation set up a nifty way for heart surgery patients to simultaneously raise money for registration costs of races, and for the Ironheart Foundation itself. The program is called Kickstart Your Heart through Active.com’s Active Giving Network. The way it works: Ironheart will reimburse me for my registration fees for whatever races and athletic events that I enter, if I raise double that amount on my Kickstart fundraising page.
Click here to donate to Ironheart and ME!: http://www.active.com/donate/kickstartyourheart/robovalve
A little bit about Ironheart’s Philosophy:
Many of us have gone through serious cardiac issues/surgeries and use endurance sports as a way to stay healthy and inspire others. Some have simply joined Ironheart to help spread awareness of congenital heart disease and healthy heart living through exercise and competition. We are a team made up of patients, family members, physicians and healthcare providers, young and old… We participate in everything from 5K runs/walks to marathons, triathlons and beyond- all to support the Foundation, raise awareness for healthy heart living, and to support those we love, including ourselves! – http://ironheartfoundation.org/about
- San Diego Half Marathon on March 9th (less than 4 months after open heart surgery)
- San Luis Obispo Marathon on April 25th
- Levi GranFondo 100 mile road bike race on October 4th
- Various bouldering (rock climbing) competitions
- A Possible Triathalon if I can learn how to swim
- AND more (hopefully if I can hack it)!