Melissa Stockwell is the first woman soldier who lost a limb in active combat. Now, she’s a world-class paratriathlete, and the co-founder of Dare 2 Tri paratriathlon club. Dare 2 Tri is a Chicago-based non-profit organization that strives to positively impact the lives of athletes with physical disabilities and visual impairments by developing their skills in paratriathlon.
You can find out more about this awesome organization by going to http://www.dare2tri.org. You don’t have to have a physical disability to be a part of the organization, you can sponsor several of the club’s events.
Also, you can find a story where Stockwell shares her story of courage and perserverance during an Abilities Abound even in Fort Wayne.
Stockwell has also started her own non-profit called Dare 2 Tri. The Chicago-based group helps get athletes with disabilities into the sport of triathlon.
“We provide coaching, training, equipment, anything that it takes to get someone to the starting line and then to the finish line to show them what they are capable of, and we truly are one person inspiring many and it’s pretty incredible,” Stockwell said.
She hopes her story shows people how to embrace challenges and as she said, “make your difficulties desirable.”
“There is no dream too big and to believe in yourself and surround yourself with people that love you and care about you and that life is good regardless of what it throws at you,” Stockwell said.
During the question and answer session after Stockwell’s presentation, someone asked her if she wished she could have her leg back. Her response- “Nope, as cheesy as it sounds, my life is so much better with this piece of metal.”