August 9th paddleboarding fundraiser

Hello readers,

Since my accident happened on the night of April 11th 2015, I have felt so incredibly supported- by the Air Force, from friends and family and then plenty of people I just met- including the whole town of shalimar, Florida.  The coast guard responded quickly to the accident, the firefighters were the first on scene, and the police took weeks afterward talking to locals and pulling videos from nearby hotels, etc in the search for the boat that hit me. I feel like most people in that area in Florida have heard of my accident or were somehow involved in the events surrounding it.  So, we decided that we should do something positive with all that awareness and support!

We are hosting a paddle boarding fundraiser event (what I was doing when I was hit by the boat) right near the accident location.  It is my way of saying, yes this has been a life-changing experience, but I won’t let it change who I am!  I am not going to be scared of the water (or boats) or stop doing what I love.  I can take this experience and make myself better through it!  I have been so supported and loved through this and now I can use that support to help others- specifically kids in 3rd world countries that need prosthetic legs or arms like me. 

So, come out and join us in this celebration of life and perseverance!

When: Sunday August 9th from 11:00- 3:00pm

Where: Mangos on the bayou in fort Walton, FL

Registration: $25/35 at

There will be a 1 mile fun paddle or a 2 mile race.  

If you don’t want to paddle, just come hang out or eat with us (Mangos is donating 10% of all food sales to our One Leg Up on Life foundation).  There will be a silent auction and a deck to view the races from.  

If you can’t make it to our event but want to support the foundation anyway, here’s the link:

I can’t wait to see everyone out there!



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