many of you remember the unfortunate accident/incident in sept 2011 with the former scuba mau and the loss of the owner opal, despite the heroic efforts of gabriel silva (aka gabi loco).
gabriel, after over a year of therapy, still has hopes to be able to walk again but has accepted his life in a wheelchair for the meantime. the local ironman team, tri-kuzam, chose gabi as our fundraising project in 2012. we collected some money to go towards the purchase of a racing wheelchair and a handcycle, as he has hopes and dreams of completing ironman cozumel 70.3 (half ironman).
this week we successfully purchased the racing chair (in sarasota, florida) and the handcycle (in dayton, ohio).
we are trying to avoid the excessive shipping charges on top of the airline fees.
if anyone here lives in either of these two cities and are willing to pick up the chair or the bike, packed and ready to go, to bring to cozumel within the next month that would be great. we will reimburse you for the bike fee on the plane, unless you choose to donate it or a portion thereof.
we want him training asap so this is rather urgent and you will be playing a HUGE role in helping him change his life around. thanks!
Gabi Loco, Future Ironman?
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