Featured Athlete: Libby
Featured Athlete: James
James is a twin born 11 weeks too early and weighed 3 lbs at birth and suffered a stroke at 5 weeks old. James has Cerebral Palsy. He is unable to speak but does have quite a few sounds that are very clear and will get his point across. He is also very limited in his mobility, he may not be able to walk, but he can drive a Power chair better than any adult. James loves competition and large group settings. He loves to meet new people and has a wonderful smile. He also loves music, particularly the Beatles.
Athletes in Tandem have given James the opportunity to experience the need for Speed. He loves to be outside and to feel apart of a team. Whenever I ask him if he wants to do another race the answer is always a clear YES. He was extremely proud of the medal he received from the Horsetooth Half Marathon. Our family has been blessed to have James because we have met so many caring and giving people.
Athletes in Tandem is a wonderful way for our family to share the blessing we have in James.
Libby is a twin born 11 weeks premature and only weighted 3 lbs at birth. She was diagnosed with Cerebral palsy. She was able to come home at 35 weeks gestation weighing 4lbs. She has always been a fighter and is still fighting hard today. She is currently working very hard at gaining more physical independence. She loves to read books and has been that way since she was a baby. Libby loves the outdoors. As an infant she would enjoy hikes with her parents. She has participated in snow shoe races, bike rides and now Athletes in Tandem has given her the experience of running in a race. When asked, Libby thinks the races are “awesome” and she loves “going fast. “ She also likes the end of the race when she gets prizes.
Athlete in Tandem has allowed Libby to participate in a completive sport and feels a part of a team.
If you have been following our “Featured Athletes” posts you might notice many of them have Cerebral Palsy. All of the athletes are always positive, upbeat & love the thrill of the competition. If you would like to find out more about Cerebral Palsy please visit: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001734/
Both Graham & myself have been doing well, but still encountering a few hiccups during our training & we are hoping they will be worked out by the time the race comes! But until then we have been incorporating many more preventative stretches & strengthening exercises into our routines & still covering many miles of pavement, dirt & conveyor belts (treadmills). We have been keeping a steady 32-37mile a week running mileage & will be heading out on another 18 miler on Saturday morning. If you see us out there don’t be afraid to yell any words of encouragement! We have had a few people that have shouted, “keep it up & good work,” which really puts a smile on our face & helps to pump out those miles.
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We also wanted to send out a dear & generous Thank You to our friends Emily & James! Your support truly means the world to us & we look forward to seeing you both at your beautiful wedding in September~