In the summer of 2012 I suffered a C-5/C-6 spinal cord injury after a diving accident. Since then I have worked to promote the importance of fitness and to help bring to fruition a therapy that can restore function to the SCI community. I also know a few of the peeps at U2FP; they’re good people. This will be my first marathon, on wheels or otherwise. I have never pushed more than 5 miles. As we know, spinal cord injured bodies are quite unreliable, so I am nervous that, even after a lot of training, on the day of the race my dumb body does something dumb which forces me to not participate. Hence why we really should find a means to fix this SCI thing.
Fun Facts: While traning yesterday I tuned into Google music’s “pop jams to pump you up”. And I’m not ashamed of that. Also, I have technically won an Academy award.
City: Oakland, CA
Profession: Healthcare Strategy
Race Goal: Just to finish - This is my first long distance push of any kind.
Unite 2 Fight Paralysis is proud to be an official charity team for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in 2019. Team U2FP is a group of passionate, hard working runners and wheelchair racers committed to racing the 26.2 miles and fundraising to advance research towards a cure for spinal cord injury.
The team raised over $125,000 in the past few years. All funds directly support our mission: to cure paralysis through advocacy, education, and support for research. Thank you for your support!
|Audra and Amanda Kinsley||10/13/2019||$96.00||Go Thomas, Go!||Tess Ryan||10/13/2019||$25.00||Way to go Thomas!!!||Jillian Greenacre||08/09/2019||$100.00||Kevin Flaherty||08/08/2019||$50.00||Tricia Drimel||08/01/2019||$150.00||Fire up, Thomas! Go strong, ride proud! We’re so amazed by you!||Deborah Rusert||07/26/2019||$100.00||Great cause. Good luck. Mike and Debbie Rusert||Karen Abate||07/22/2019||$500.00||Go get ‘em T$$ - love you!||Tom Grubin||07/21/2019||$50.00||Zach & Sarah Norris||07/20/2019||$100.00||DP Dough, True Blood, and Breakfast Bullets||Alex March||07/20/2019||$50.00||Jason Curry||07/20/2019||$69.00||Eghghgghaghggahhghg.||Michael Rusert||07/17/2019||$50.00||Love ya my dude.||Steve Stone||07/16/2019||$50.00||Rachel Artz||07/09/2019||$30.00||You are so inspiring! Good luck!||Sydney Kase||07/08/2019||$100.00||Don’t spend it all on purple carrots. Love from Sydney Kase and Scott Glickstein||Paul and Cathy Ekstrom||07/08/2019||$100.00||Michael Hawkins||07/08/2019||$50.00||You never cease to amaze me! All the best...||Dan Cormier||07/07/2019||$50.00||Get it brother!!||Mark/Nancy Bowman||07/07/2019||$200.00||You are awesome beyond awesomeness! We can’t wait to see you. Much Love- Uncle Mark & Auntie Nancy.||Tom Powers||07/07/2019||$50.00||Parker Brook||07/07/2019||$50.00||LFG Thomas||Kathryn Mahoney||06/04/2019||$5.00||Thomas! Thanks for your continued support of U2FP! You're gonna crush this.|