Wow...such an amazing weekend that I am not really sure where to start. I guess I will start back 12 years ago when our son Chandler was born and we were told he had Spina Bifida. Along with being told by one naive doctor that Chandler would have no quality of life, we were also given disheartening literature detailing all the problems our son would face and listing all the things he would never be able to do. After tearfully reading through a couple of pages, I threw the literature in the trash and decided Chandler would be raised in much the same way his 5 older brothers were. He was a welcome addition to our family and he was a much loved baby who happened to have Spina Bifida, but I wasnʼt going to let Spina Bifida define us. Sure, there would be challenges, but we would face them as they came and not dwell on the “what ifs.” Organizations like Adaptive Adventures have helped us by being an extension of what we already believe for Chandler at home. They donʼt focus on what he canʼt do, but instead on what he can do! They have helped him realize his potential and to dream big dreams beyond anything we ever expected for him. Last summer Chandler participated in the Jam the Damz hand cycle fundraiser. He had committed to a 10K ride, since he had only hand cycled once before. He was encouraged by several Adaptive Adventure riders to try the 50K. They cheered him on as he crossed the finish line after completing his first 50K that afternoon, something he probably wouldnʼt have tried without their encouragement. This past weekend he participated in the Stars of Tomorrow Camp in Winter Park. We are so very thankful for the opportunity to experience such a life changing, motivating and well-organized camp.
Thank you, Mau, Matt, and all the selfless, patient and wonderful volunteers who gave of their time to ski with Chandler. He is still talking about skiing Mary Jane and canʼt wait to tell his friends! Thank you so very, very much for making this possible for him and all kids with disabilities who are realizing their dreams because of Adaptive Adventures. This is a weekend we will never forget and we look forward to many more with you!
Lori (Chandler's Mother)