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Rev3 Cedar Point: Team Emily

February 25, 2013 10:10AM EST
Rev3 Cedar Point: Team Emily

This special story involves three triathlete women making a difference to one accident victim.

Triathletes understand accidents. Every time we straddle a bike and take off for the open road, we risk everything. Some accidents are merely a road rash, but others change lives forever.

emily Rader 101x150 Rev3 Cedar Point: Team EmilyAt 19, the future should look bright—you’ve plenty of time to discover new opportunities, make mistakes and test out various career paths. But for Emily Rader, at the age 19, her world took a deep, dark twist and changed her future forever. A sophomore at Baldwin-Wallace College, Rader returned home for Christmas break. On Dec. 12th, 2012, after a church outing, her car slid on an icy road causing a major, horrific accident. The prognosis was poor as she suffered traumatic brain injury. Managing to pull through, Rader remained in a coma for four months. For almost two years now, she can’t speak, has difficulty swallowing and eating, and suffers memory problems. She retained some movement, albeit limited.

To raise money for Rader, three triathletes formed Team Emily and competed at Rev3’s Cedar Point Half-Ironman Triathlon in Sept. Sharon Powell, Liz Peck and Janelle Ray of Ohio decided to do the triathlon as a relay and used Emily as motivation. “We TRI when others can’t,” is their motto, obviously very fitting to the situation.

 Rev3 Cedar Point: Team Emily

Simply asking for donations wasn’t enough. The women also crossed the finish line with Emily. After pounding through 70.3 miles of swimming, biking and running, their reward was to give Emily the experience of also finishing a triathlon.

The women thank Rev3 and how accommodating the staff and volunteers were to make this a lifetime memory for all four involved.

 Rev3 Cedar Point: Team Emily

As for Emily, progress continues. With the help of therapists at Ohio State University, she took a few assisted steps and is working on regaining standing balance.

For more information and to donate, please visit teamemilyrelay.com.

For progress and photos, visit the Facebook page at

~ Written by Jennifer Purdie

www.jenniferpurdie.com

Jennifer

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Jennifer Purdie is a journalist who has been published in national and regional publications for more than 10 years. She is a certified personal trainer who speaks and writes on fitness, health, travel and other lifestyle issues. Purdie received her Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Washington, her Master’s degree in education from the University of Phoenix, a publishing certification from Arizona State University and a personal training certification from NASM.

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