I’ve been writing these Comeback Kid stories to honor a special friend. He broke his neck skiing in March. He just got out of the hospital a couple of weeks ago. He’s always been a strong, athletic guy. It wasn’t unusual to find him conquering events such as the Catalina Marathon, Pier-to-Pier Swim, Warrior’s Society Vision Quest and Counting Coup, and the Camp Pendleton Mud Run Obstacle Course. We talked about doing XTERRA together. (He also coached every soccer team his kids played on.) His biggest challenge is ahead of him – getting out of his wheelchair. We are hopeful that he will, but he’s going to need months of rehab and all the help he can get from his friends and the kindness of strangers.
So I’m throwing a big garage sale on September 5th to help keep his rehab going as long as possible. My training buddy, Sandy (aka Shark lady), has graciously offered to host this affair at her house. If you live in the SoCal area and have some stuff that you don’t want anymore or just can’t wait to regift, by all means let me know. I’d be happy to meet you and take it off your hands. If you don’t live in the SoCal area, but would like to help, please email me offline and I’ll let you know how you can with a tax-deductible donation. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tomorrow I’ll have a very special Comeback Kid story on tap – #18 is without a doubt, one of the most inspiring Ironman stories you’ll ever read. Promise.