I had four goals when I started this process close to seven months ago:
1. Raise money for the Burn Center Fund and the Burn Service Crisis Intervention Fund
Currently, the University of Colorado Foundation has received 31 gifts totaling well over $1,000 in the name of "Team Emilie." The generosity of loved-ones and strangers alike has amazed me. Thank you so much for helping us to support burn victims and educate the community about burn safety through your contributions. There is still time for donations to help us raise even more.
|Dave at Grant Ranch Lake |
for an open water swim.
2. Reach out and inspire other Stevens Johnson Syndrome Survivors
Through my blog, I have met two SJS survivors directly and interacted with many others in online groups I have joined over the past few months. Kendra is one of the amazing SJS survivors I have met along my Ironman journey. She is a runner from Wisconsin who brings together other survivors to participate in races with Team SJS. The highlight for their team is running the Fox Cities Half-Marathon every year. One of these years I hope to join them. Check out her touching blog: One Foot in Front of the Other
3. Spread awareness of Stevens Johnson Syndrome
You would be amazed at how many hits my blog gets daily. I average about 20-40 hits a day with over 1,800 all time pageviews. Undoubtedly, many of these pageviews are the same few devoted people time and time again (Mom, Jan, Karen). To my regulars, I appreciate your dedication and enthusiasm. Yet other pageviews are people that did not know about SJS and are just learning about its devastating effects. Thank you for your curiosity, compassion, and willingness to learn.
|The finish line at the Elephant Rock |
100 Mile Century Ride.
4. Complete an Ironman
Oh yeah, then there is the Ironman. Wow, only 13 more days! The travel details are set, our workouts are tapering down, and all last-minute gear has been purchased. I have dedicated most of my free time over the last seven months to training for this iconic race and now it is almost here. My head is plagued with anxiety and doubt, but underneath all of that is a confidence and enthusiasm filling my entire body. I feel energized and prepared; I know that I can do this. I AM READY! Coeur D'Alene, here we come!
To donate to the Burn Center, go online to www.uch.edu.donate. In the designation field, choose "Other" and type "Burn Fund (Team Emilie)."
Or you could mail your check to "UCHF- Burn Fund (Team Emilie) to UCHF 12401 East 17th Ave. Mail Stop F485 Aurora, CO 80045.