In May 2013, Hailey Danisewicz raced home to a second place finish at the Paratriathlon US Nationals Championship. Several months later, Hailey once again raced across the finish line in second place at the Paratriathlon Mideast Regional Championships. Once more, she lost out to the four time US Nationals champion and three time defending world champion, the great, Melissa Stockwell. One thing was apparent. Hailey was improving and it would not be long before she would challenge and beat Melissa for a title. Melissa was not slipping, rather Hailey was improving that much that fast. In September, all eyes focussed on famed Hyde Park in London as these two beautiful, inspiring, talented championship level women squared off at the World Grand Finals. Melissa and Hailey were teammates and friends. they were also competitors. Melissa attempted to race home towards a fourth consecutive world title. Only, Hailey had her own world championship designs. She fended off a hard charging great champion and became a top flight world champion herself as Hailey stormed home to the crown.
Ten years ago today, Hailey Danisewicz charged home across a different finish line. It symbolized the conclusion of a difficult race and chapter in her life. It marked the beginning of the rest of Hailey's life. It was the day Hailey officially beat cancer. It marked the start the journey which brings Hailey to today. On the ten year anniversary of when Hailey cross a different real life finish line, I wish to share with you her reflection on this decade long journey by offering you a link to Hailey's site. Please take a moment to read her words.
Thank you Hailey. Thank you for being the beautiful, amazing, inspiring, talented, and passionate woman you are. It is an honor to know you.