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Abigail

Abigail sitting on a rock in a garden.

"While I have a disability, I do not allow that to stop me from seeking the joy that sports provide." - Abigail

The exhilaration of zipping down snowy slopes are what many grow to love about the sport of skiing. It’s an experience, as a person with Cerebral Palsy, that presents many challenges. Yet, if I am sponsored to go skiing, my mission is to overcome those challenges and show that anything is possible.

As a home grown from the Hawaiian islands, I found that sports can truly heal you in many ways. While I have a disability, I do not allow that to stop me from seeking the joy that sports provides.

I found out how rewarding sports could be as an active participant at Dukeoceanfest. It was here that I became the tandem surf champion with CP in Accessurf. This accomplishment strengthened my confidence to overcome my physical weaknesses and also made a massive impact in my academics as it helped keep me balanced and minimized any tensions I had with my studies.

I realize I can accomplish so much more and seek to test myself physically, which skiing can provide. I understand skiing is an adaptive sport and I am confident that if I set my mind to it, I can enjoy the slopes just as anyone else would.

While I would face this feat individually, it is for others that I hope to inspire. If I were granted this life changing opportunity, I will share this experience with others with disabilities to show that the only barriers we have are the ones we make for ourselves.

My purpose in the world, I believe that I must serve as a role model and I can do this best through sharing my experiences.

I will be adaptive downhill skiing in Sun Valley Idaho with an adaptive sports program, Higher Ground http://www.highergroundsv.org/ from December 8th-11th. 

 

Abigail's Dream Map

This Dream Map is a visual representation of Abigail's story. As a donor you are not only providing the opportunity for an adaptive adventure, but you are also opening the doors to her future dreams.

 

Abigail's trip made possible by Higher Ground

Abigail's thoughts on her Dream Adventure:

The highlight of this adventure was actually feeling snowflakes on my face and sliding on an icy mountain with a well-developed adaptive program called Higher Ground. I pushed myself to try the standing ski slider even though boots were painful. I am grateful for being sponsored to be the first to model and share my aloha spirit “mana” and my experience for MDCT. This 4- day trip rapidly changed my life and my future perceptions, imagining I could live in a similar geographical area, likely in a city. I often had doubts if I were to transition from the Hawaiian Islands to reach for a higher promising career (for a living), but now I believe I can be a model for other similar non-profit organizations like MDCT and Higher Ground. A flight to Sun Valley was the farthest I’ve traveled solo, therefore I feel all my dreams came to a reality, looking at the slopes I was exhilarated. Lastly, as a person living with incapacitate motor coordination I feel physically stronger, mightily braver, as if I could return on the waves, easily stand-up and rip wave. I hope to see more participants join Higher Ground and increase disability awareness regarding people with physical barriers, to shine with more abilities and talents.