I can personally attest that runDisney has fairy dust magical power and can help people achieve dreams that were once never imaginable (hello 2013 NYC Marathon). Speaking of fairy dust, there are 28 heroes who will have an extra sparkle this week. 28 people will participate in the runDisney Marathon Weekend through Achilles Cigna Customer Referral Program, who are referred through their Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors. Achilles provides Cigna long term disability customers access to training resources and the ability to participate in mainstream athletic events. On a side note, I am quite familiar and a huge fan of Vocational Rehabilitation - my fiance got his masters in this field and lives and breathes it everyday. Vocational Rehabilitation provides training in a specific area with the aim of gaining employment and getting back to your normal life after an injury or illness. I can tell you, Voc Rehab counselors are super heroes with invisible capes who make their clients become shining heroes they are meant to be and the Achilles Cigna program proves that.
Here are 3 of 28 incredible stories on athletes competing this week at runDisney Marathon Weekend. These stories which should help you achieve something you never thought were possible in 2014 and encourage you to never give up, no matter what life throws at you.
|Robert Weiss and his Children|
|Karen Ronk training for the runDisney Family Fun Run 5K|
Jodi Stout was diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease called retina picmentosa at 14 years old. Now at 52 years old, Jodi is totally blind and learning to regain her independence. “It’s a slow disease. I had a driver’s license until I was 30 years old,” she recalled. “It was the hardest part of my independence that I lost.” Jodi recently started working with a Cigna Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and joined the Achilles Cigna Customer Referral Program. She will be one of the 28 people at Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend sponsored by Cigna. This will be Jodi's first race and she currently walks three to five miles daily.
These three individuals are heroes and I am honored to participate in the Family Fun Run 5K with them on Thursday. You can learn more about Cigna and runDisney at http://www.cigna.com/sites/disneymarathon. If you are running any of the 4 races this week at Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend and see a Cigna Achilles Athlete, please go up to them and tell them what a great job they are doing.