"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 thoughts on her Dream Adventure: