I started running in elementary school, and I've never really stopped. Running has been my safe space, my biggest challenge, and the arena in which I test myself. In 2018 I completed the longest run of my life: The World Marathon Challenge (7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days), and I officially consider myself an UltraRunner.
When I decided to run the World Marathon Challenge I wanted to bring a great cause along with me. I looked internally and quickly set a goal to raise $50,000 to help students just like me for the International Dyslexia Association + Team Quest. The IDA is committed to helping individuals with dyslexia, their families, and those that support them; Team Quest is their endurance training and fundraising program devoted to a world where everyone can read. I went on speaking engagements, led fun runs, and shared my story with the world. In 7 short months of fundraising I hit my $50,000 goal!
At age five I was diagnosed with dyslexia & sensory processing disorder. A few years later I was told I wouldn't graduate high school. Not only did I graduate high school as my class president and salutatorian, but thirty years and three degrees later (B.A. in Communication from USC, M.A. in Communication Management from USC, M.B.A. from Seattle Pacific University), I've taught myself that nobody can define my future but me.
I've had the extreme honor of working in collegiate football for a total of 14 seasons. During that time I worked for both University of Southern California and University of Washington football running Football Operations and Player Development. Though I am proud of the athletic accomplishments of those teams (13 Bowl games, 2 national titles, 104 athletes to the NFL), the milestones that bring me the most personal joy are moments where I witnessed my players overcome great challenges -- emotional, spiritual, or physical.
Like most people, I struggle to find balance between the competing priorities in life--work, health, wellness, friends, family, the list goes on. Inmotional is about pursuing peace and learning how to eat well, train effectively, listen to my body, and connect meaningfully with friends and family.
If you are interested in helping me raise awareness for Dyslexia, I'd love your support in any of these 3 ways:
I'm sharing my story on social media and I want to connect with you! Follow me, but more importantly, TALK to me! Are you a runner too? Do you know someone who is challenged with dyslexia? Are you an educator? Message me about it! Share my story with your network, because you never know the challenges that others are facing. #untileveryonecanread
Together we can raise awareness about Dyslexia and shift how our society understands people with dyslexia (did you know all of these people have dyslexia?!). I am committed to sharing my story in order to help those that are experiencing what I did as a student. Schedule time with me!
I met my goal of raising $50,000 for the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), but I’m not stopping until EVERYONE CAN READ! Your donation enables the IDA to help create a better future for every child and adult who struggles with dyslexia and other reading difficulties…because reading changes lives!