In the fall of 2010, Keri Serota, then Program Director for Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association, invited me to join a new organization she, Daniel Tun, and Melissa Stockwell had founded. Dare2Tri. This would be a a groundbreaking nonprofit which works to organize events and assist wounded military veterans, individuals with physical disabilities, and people who are blind/visually impaired. After reading about how Stockwell was the first American woman in history to be wounded in combat when she lost her leg while serving in the Iraq War then worked her way on to the 2008 Paralympics Games, I was inspired to join Dare2Tri just so I could meet Melissa and tell her thank you for serving this country and being an inspiration.
Not only did I meet Melissa Stockwell, I am beyond lucky to call her a friend. This weekend, Stockwell looks to join the beautiful and talented, Hailey Danisewicz on the Team USA Paratriathlon squad which will represent the United States in Rio this year.
Pleas take the time to read how Melissa Stockwell defines herself and life while showing how One Inspires many.