I’m so excited to be a part of your team! I must admit that this is the first time I’ve done a fundraising entry so I probably have a lot to learn. But I am driven to raise as much money as possible because I love what your organization is about!

A little info about me: I’m a neonatal nurse practitioner from North Carolina. I started running in my mid-twenties as a way to stay in shape and began racing to give me motivation. I did a few shorter races before participating in my first half marathon in 2009. I began competing in triathlons in 2012 and did my first Ironman this past November. The Honolulu marathon will actually be my first marathon without a swim and a bike attached!

I really enjoy training and racing but sometimes it can feel a little selfish because everything is all about me and getting those workouts in. So I’ve been looking for ways to give meaning and a higher purpose to my hobby as well as make my hobby benefit others. Even though I could just pay the entry fee because I know a portion of the money goes to charity, fundraising will make a bigger impact – especially to the Allyson Whitney foundation!

All proceeds support young adults who are suffering from rare diseases.