Running For Dominic



How it all began

19 Years ago, when I was just 14 years old, I had a stroke that required brain surgery to stop the bleeding and save my life.  It took months of therapy to learn to talk, read, and write again, and eventually to miraculously walk again.  Then, 10 Years ago, while I was 8-1/2 months pregnant I suffered another stroke, this one leaving me with complete numbness and almost no control of the right side of my body, robbing me of the use of my arm and hand.  I suffered from crippling pain, cognitive disabilities, and depression over what I had become and what I could no longer do.  Finally, after nearly 9 years of suffering, I decided it was time to fight back. I threw down the cane I had been walking with and stepped outside, forcing myself through the slowest jog ever.  The next day I did it again, and over a few months I eventually trained myself to run.  I have a limp, struggle immensely, and I’m not very fast, but more importantly I no longer let my disabilities hold me back.  Now I use my past and what I’ve overcome as motivation to help others with their struggles, in particular a sweetheart named Dominic, whom I’ve never even actually met.

A Special Little Boy

8 Years ago, Dominic was born with Cerebral Palsy.  He is unable to walk, talk, or eat on his own, and has very little control of his body.  With no real form of communication, it can be nearly impossible to understand what Dominic’s thinking or feeling at any given time.  Relying on his mother and family for everything, Dominic’s life is hard to comprehend.  Still though, his spirit is strong and his smile can be outright infectious, making it clear that despite his many medical issues this is still a little boy both capable and deserving of love and everything else other little boys enjoy.

Dominic’s Wish

Nearly 1 year ago, Dominic’s mom signed him up with the IRun4 non-profit organization, matching him with a runner who would write to him and dedicate all their miles run to him since he cannot run himself.  That runner is me.  Having a major medical history of my own, I was deeply touched by Dominic’s story and felt a connection through his smile.  My family and Dominic’s have been in constant contact- I have been chatting, sending mementos of runs and other gifts, and dedicating hundreds of miles to him, including 5K, 10K, and half-marathon races.  Recently, Dominic’s family and I were contacted by My Team Triumph, a non-profit organization that allows the disabled opportunities to participate in official race events, using specialized chairs and able-runners pushing them the entire distance.  We have officially been invited to be members of their team in the Las Vegas Rock N’ Roll Half-Marathon this November.  This is truly an amazing opportunity to connect face-to-face for a life-changing experience, over 13.1 miles that will surely be full of smiles, tears, and indescribable joy.  Seeing his face when his mom talks about our families meeting and about running with “Ms. Krissy” is absolutely amazing- he truly lights up at the thought.  I have suffered devastating medical issues, I know what it means to be told what you can’t do, and I have felt the wonder and joy of accomplishing and experiencing those things… to be able to give Dominic that kind of experience and those feelings would be a real blessing.  To do that that though, I need your help.

Your help

Having medical issues and a family of my own, unfortunately I can’t afford the costs involved in this amazing opportunity. That’s why I’m asking for your kindness and generosity to help me get to Dominic and push him through this race.  I have set our target fundraising goal at $1000, but to make this dream come true in total we actually need to come up with $2095 ($1795 for travel and lodging, $300 for race entry fees.)  100% of the funds raised will go directly toward covering these expenses and providing Dominic with priceless memories.  Not only will your support help make this dream come true, but it will provide Dominic as well as me and my family with precious memories for the rest of our lives. .

Please sign up for my Virtual 5K or help by donating whatever you can- no amount is too small or big when it’s going toward such an amazing cause.  Also, whether you are able to donate or not, please share this with your friends and family over Facebook and other social media, and leave us comments here to help us reach others.

Here is the link Running To Dominic

Frequently Asked Questions and other information about the Virtual Race can be found at the link above or HERE.

Thank you so much for your time and your help, have a happy, healthy day.

God Bless,
Krissy

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The Dominator

The Dominator

Dominic

Dominic

10 Year Stroke Anniversary

AUGUST 31st, 2004 -

I was 23 years old, and 38 weeks (8-1/2 months) pregnant… then I had another stroke. This time I lost more feeling and most use of the right side of my body. Amazingly and luckily the bleed in my head stopped on its own, if it didn’t stop there was nothing the doctors could have done to save me- this bleed was too deep in my brain and near the base of my neck. I would have slipped into a permanent coma or just bled until my body shut down. After I miraculously stabilized, my daughter was removed by C-Section, a healthy little angel! Now with life challenging me again with more negatives, I had the new challenge of being a first-time mother on top of more new stroke side-effects. The numbness in my right side isn’t just “pins & needles” anymore, a lot of my right side is just plain numb. I have almost entirely lost the use of my right hand… after weeks of therapy and with a lot of concentration I’m just able to close my hand around something… I have very little control of my hand and just about no control over individual fingers. I’m almost entirely left-handed and only left-handed, except for basically being able to squeeze things or hang things from my right hand. Some of the mental and verbal issues I had from my first stroke stayed the same, and some have gotten worse. Really, I don’t believe I could have handled the side-effects of my second stroke back when I was 14 and had my first, – Taken from My Story

To Celebrate, I ran my 5th Half Marathon!
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Mrs. Fabulous Retires Her Mizunos

I want to thank Tyler for spending so much time working with me on finding the right shoes. I walked into Fleet Feet expecting to just buy the next version of the Sayonara’s that I love so much. After telling him my story about how after surviving 2 Strokes and living with a seizure disorder, and how running had changed my life, he was eager to help me keep on running and inspiring others. Not very often do you find people that understand how precious life is and want to learn more about your story. He took the time to learn what I needed and preferred. He offered his opinion and in the end I found a pair of shoes that made me feel like I was was going to win my first marathon in November.(I can dream, right?)
 
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                              Retired my second pair of running shoes!

PR

Guess who PR’D accidentally at the Black Light Run tonight?!

Yep, MRS FABULOUS! Big thanks to my friend and cheerleader Jen for pushing me only because she knew I could do it. She’s one a million and I am so thankful for her!

 

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My 25 Mile Run!

Today I woke up early to help my friend Ashtyn celebrate her 25th Birthday. Knowing that the furthest I have ever ran was 19 miles, I wasn’t sure if I could do it, but then, I DID! 

My Marathon ain’t got NOTHING on me!

 

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I conquered THE HILL!!

During Marathon Training Day 7, I conquered THE HILL!

Watch Mrs. Fabulous conquer THE HILL

 

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Mileage!

Last year I ran a total of 345 miles. So far this year, 7 months in, I am already at 257! I am TOTALLY KICKING LAST YEARS BOOTY!

 

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Please Help Dominic Cross the Finish Line!

If there was ever one fundraiser or Campaign that you donate to, please let it be this one!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-dominic-cross-the-finish-line

Please help donate whatever you can- no amount is too small or big when it’s going toward such an amazing cause.  Also, whether you are able to donate or not, please share this with your friends and family over Facebook and other social media, and leave us comments here to help us reach others.

Thank you so much for your time and your help, have a happy, healthy day.

God Bless, 
Krissy

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          Dominic

Marathon Training Day 1!

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4th Of July – mTT

I am excited to announce we were able to secure a spot in the Deforest Wisconsin Parade on the 4th of July!

Our Captains AND tons of volunteers and Angels were there to support and publicize mTT.

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