A 25 year celebration of the POWER of the Human Spirit, this gorgeous and inspirational coffee table book represents what is possible. Each year at the marathon in New York City, tens of thousands of people run through the streets of all five boroughs. Millions of people stand by the side of the road to cheer. Of all the cheers you'll hear, the one heard most often, and typically the loudest, is "GO ACHILLES!" Achilles was founded in 1983 to give people with disabilities an opportunity to participate in mainstream events. By building membership one athlete at a time, Achilles became a group that supported its members and encouraged them to compete. Lives were changed as goals were accomplished and gradually new chapters were added. Twenty-five years later, Achilles has members in more than 70 countries. Programs have been developed for children, for wounded veterans, and for athletes to compete in tandem biking and triathlons. With our Achilles Marathon Tour, athletes conquer 26.2 miles in competitions around the country and internationally. For shorter distances, the Achilles HOPE & POSSIBILITY is becoming our signature event. Our goal is to be inclusive, where able-bodied and disabled athletes participate together. Achilles athletes are amputees, blind, paralyzed, have cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injuries, heart transplansts, lung transplants, most anything you can think of, but they continue to achieve. GO ACHILLES! illustrates some of the people and stories that have exemplified the Achilles spirit over the past 25 years, including Trisha Meili, known as The Central Park Jogger and David Paterson, an Achilles member who became the first visually impaired Governor of the State of New York. Within the full color collection of photographs and short stories, you can discover more about: *The Early Years *International Chapters *NYC and Domestic Chapters *Achilles Kids Program *The importance of competition in mainstream Marathons *FREEDOM TEAM program for wounded veterans *Our signature race - the Hope & Possibility For anyone going through a difficult time, particularly those who are physically challenged, their families, friends, neighbors, caretakers and physicians, Go Achilles! offers a new perspective on the hope & possibility ahead of us in life. It makes a great gift!
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Dick Traum started his career at Celanese Corp. in 1966 and by 1970 founded Personnelmetrics, Inc., which he ran for 30 years. In 1976, Dick, an above the knee amputee became the first person with a prosthetic leg to run a marathon. In 1983, he founded the Achilles Track Club, currently known as Achilles International. Its mission is to encourage people with disabilties to participate in long-distance running. Dick has a BS, MBA, and a Ph.D. from New York University and lives in Manhattan. He has been married for 40 years and has a married son and granddaughter. Mary Bryant is an award-winning dynamic speaker, disabilities activisit, marathoner, presentation consultant and had been a FORD fashion model in New York City for many years. Her involvement with Achilles began in 1997 as a volunteer when her brother, who was paralyzed from the neck down for 25 years, became the first man to do the marathon without use of his arms or legs, by using his available strength. The following year, while coaching a team of wheelchair athletes, Mary was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. She ran her fourth marathon just six days after her fifth round of chemotherapy. Achilles was there for her, and her involvement increased. Mary became a part time consultant and spokesperson. Then as Director of Special Projects, Mary founded the Achilles FREEDOM TEAM of Wounded Veterans to bring the marathon program to the men and women being injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mary is currently the Vice President of Achilles International.
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Book Description Achilles International, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0615225616
Book Description Achilles International, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110615225616