It's true, I'll do just about anything to get you to donate to Animal Haven.
This year it's a triathlon - the MightyMan Montauk on September 30. The Olympic distance has been a 'bucket list' goal of mine and I'm dedicating the race to raising funds for Animal Haven- specifically the Recovery Road Fund. This fund allows us to rescue animals with special care needs- an abandoned cat named Bob Marley who was left with his sister in a sweltering boiler room near the World Trade Center site (something I still can't comprehend). Or Dixon, who couldn't walk and for years had been dragging his entire body with just his front legs. With the help of this fund, Dixon has gotten a pair of wheels for his back legs and has started aqua therapy sessions....and he's starting to walk!!! It is so amazing to see. You've got to see the video- he is such a sweetie!
I hate swimming and panic about the breathing. I'm deathly afraid of my new clipless pedals, convinced I'm going to topple right over. The only thing I have going for me is the run. But whatever anxiety / pain I experience in my training or in the race is nowhere near what Bob and Dixon have gone through- and so many other dogs and cats go through every day when they are not treated with the tender loving care they deserve. And that puts it all in perspective. At the end of the day, I'm fortunate to have my health and be able to compete in this event.
Any gift, no matter the amount, is appreciated. I love that Animal Haven helps dogs and cats, no matter how difficult the rescue effort. I would not be who I am today without the animals I have had in my life. This is the least I can do to return the favor.
I thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting a cause that means so much to me.
And if you are looking for a new addition to your family, I'd love to show you around Animal Haven!
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Your commitment to this cause is amazing. I so miss doing Triathlons. I remember the one and only Olympic length one I did very clearly. It was truly a triumph for me. Unlike you, the run was my real challenge. Anyway, here's to you overcoming some fears and filling your bucket.