For generations Americans were brainwashed to the image of helpless disabled gimps in wheelchairs, and amputees on crutches and nurses wiping spit away from our chins. My friend Steddy Eddy, a comedian with Cerebral Palsy, used to joke when people stared at him. We would drool and when you weren’t looking we ran the world. Well we might not run the whole world, but in my adaptive climbing group there are no drooling helpless disabled folk. There are no helplessly hobbling amputees on crutches and no paraplegices sitting forlorn in wheelchairs. They too damn busy showing up the able bodied climbers with their prowess on the wall. We may not run the world, but we sure as hell don’t need you running ours.
We as a group got tired of the hurry up and wait attitude doled out whenever there is an illness and there’s work to be done. So tomorrow, just like we solved the problems before us as a disabled person we want to help solve the problem of cancer. We’re spending our day tomorrow climbing for a cure — each person has a sponsorship page mine is below.
You’re welcome to come to Brooklyn Boulders at 575 Degraw St tomorrow and join us, but what we need is your donation. Not a lot — just $10-20 per person and we can climb. To qualify to be there we must raise at least $25. We’re not asking for us, we’re asking for those with the fight still long and painful in front of them. I lost my mother-in-law, my beloved momma in 2007 to Non Hodgkins Lymphoma. I lost a beloved woman in Australia who dedicated her life to special needs children and the teacher who saved me her husband has it also. We are losing the worlds brightest and best and there isn’t a cure at the top of the wall we climb, but there is one at the end of the research and that research can only find that cure with your help. So click on the link today, not tomorrow. We need your sponsorship today because tomorrow we climb to make the climb for a cure that much easier.