This is my second year doing something that takes me completely out.of.my.comfort.zone! I always made excuses about why I "couldn't" do a tri. Things like: I will drown, I am not a strong swimmer, I can't imagine doing that, etc. It was when I met The VanSkiver Family and heard their story of strength during a time where Susie was pregnant with twins and her son Trevor was diagnosed with a critical illness. Dan found himself in a place where he needed an outlet where he could "control" something, an environment to find clarity, so he started training for a triathlon. Fast forward and the VanSkiver's started the Dream Team and partnered with the Grand Rapids Tri to raise money and awareness to help grant more wishes like Trevor's. I knew that I wanted to contribute, I wanted to compete and I wanted to make wishes a reality for other kids. So I joined the Dream Team scared out of my mind and started swimming. Last year was an unbelievable experience for me and I was very proud to wear the Dream Team jersey and of myself for doing something that took me out of my comfort zone. I realized that I COULD do it and that I have mental grit if I allow myself to test it. I also know that wishes matter, they are a need and not just a nice thing and wish kids are amazing.
Wish kids are some of the bravest and sweetest kids you'll ever know. They wish to work in a pickle factory, become a superhero, go snorkeling, give their baseball team new uniforms, and push all of the buttons in a tall building's elevator. Their innocence and unexpected wisdom stay with you.
A wish come true helps children feel stronger, more energetic, more willing and able to battle their critical illnesses. For many, the wish marks a turning point in the fight against their illnesses. Doctors, nurses and other health professionals say, the wish experience works in concert with medicine to make their patients feel better emotionally and even physically.
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