“Be active! Do it for yourself, do it for your family, do it for the exhilarating moment you reach the finish line. Whatever your reason may be – Just DO it!”
Where do you live?
Are you a runner/ walker/ biker?
Swimmer, Biker, Runner – triathlete!
What do you do for a living?
I am a counselor with the Berkeley/Dorchester Vocational Rehabilitation department. I help both students and adults with physical and mental disabilities achieve employment through school or re-training, and assist them in learning the skills to continue working.
What inspires you?
My husband, Stephen. He pushes me off the couch to go run on days I’d rather eat ice cream and watch re-runs of Friends, and he is always up for a new adventure! Before we were married, he was right there beside me helping me train and fundraise for my first triathlon with Team in Training, and we’ve finished close to a dozen other races together since then. Stephen is my biggest supporter and my motivation to be a better wife, friend, counselor, and athlete!
Why do you want to represent the Charleston James Island Connector Run?
Working with young adults on a day to day basis gives me the chance to witness some of the barriers students with disabilities face. For several, the cost of medical equipment and disability management is an issue. The Gavalas-Kolanko Foundation extends the opportunity for a college education to students who may otherwise not have the funds. The James Island Connector Run fundraising events (namely the Holy City brewing event!) are excellent ways to reach out to the Charleston community to raise money, and most importantly, raise awareness for people with disabilities. What better way to support the foundation than to get out into the community and do what I already love –RUN! – while representing the JICR?
Be active! Do it for yourself, do it for your family, do it for the exhilarating moment you reach the finish line. Whatever your reason may be – Just DO it! There is no better time than now to be active in your community, support a great cause, and enjoy the sights of the beautiful Charleston peninsula. You won’t regret it!
What’s your favorite thing about living in the lowcountry?
The sweet Southern hospitality!