Tuesday, December 13, 2011
C Different Foundation: For Whom I Will Race
Four years ago, I reached out to Matt Miller, founder of the C Different Foundation. C Different was created by Matt to help inspire blind and visually impaired people to lead active healthy lifestyles. It was designed to help educate the world that those who are blind or visually impaired are not disabled even if they have a disability. C Different was founded to change the outlook blind and visually impaired people may have about themselves and what others may have of them. Matt began with one blind/visually impaired athlete. Then a couple more were sent his way. Before long, a few more were reaching out to Matt. With the internet and social media, it is easier to reach as many people as possible. A decade ago, it was quite different. The best way Matt could get the word out to blind and visually impaired potential athletes while getting out the word for what these blind and visually impaired individuals were doing was to document it. As the famous saying states, Go big or go home! Matt went big by taking five blind and visually impaired people to the Ironman triathlon. The first five blind and visually impaired people to ever attempt the 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run in under seventeen hours. A film crew caught it all in a documentary called Victory Over Darkness. The C Different Foundation has grown leaps and bounds since Matt put together this amazing group with a spectacular dream. I have been lucky to call Matt a friend for the last four years. I have gone miles and miles as a member of Team CDF. The friendships I have made will last a lifetime. I am so proud to once again represent the C Different Foundation when I travel to Houston for the Aramco Half Marathon on January 15, 2012. I am so excited that elite marathoner, Jenny Pfaff will guide me through the streets of Houston. If you have never seen Matt, C Different Foundation, or any of their people, please take a few minutes to watch this video. This inspires me to one day cross the finish line at an Ironman.