Captains in their chairs and Angels behind the wheels, it was a gorgeous day for a race! Aggressively surpassing initial race goals, myTEAM TRIUMPH-WI (mTT) entered 9 Captains and 31 Angels in the Eau Claire 1/2 and Full Marathon on May 7, 2017.
“The interest in myTEAM TRIUMPH-WI out in the Eau Claire area just continues to grow.” said Christian Jensen, Executive Director of myTEAM TRIUMPH-WI. “We will be actively looking for regional leadership within the upcoming months.”
One of the teams out on that course that day was Team Don. In 2015, Don was involved in a tree cutting accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down but that hasn’t stopped him! On his mTT fundraising page, Don writes, “Physically, I’m still in pretty good shape. I workout at least 3 times a week and go to PT twice a week. The whole key is staying active because when I do I feel better. I just think that as long as you keep trying, anything is possible.”
This is the attitude that inspired his friends at Highland Fitness, where Don is a regular. As a team of the 10, Don’s 9 Angels took turns and pushed him relay style on the full marathon course. “Our team was amazing. We had a great time. They enjoyed it as much as I did!” commented Captain Don. Along with getting Don to that finish line for his moment of Triumph, his team of Angels raised close to $2,600 for the mTT organization and helped to further broadcast the mTT mission. “If you have a positive attitude, even if things aren’t going the way you want them to, it just makes the day go so much better. A positive attitude is everything.” says Don.
Don’s story of Triumph is just one of the hundreds that continue to inspire us everyday.
If you are inspired and would consider becoming a mTT local leader for the Eau Claire region, please contact Christian Jensen at firstname.lastname@example.org.