I will be competing in the Escape From Alcatraz triathlon, in San Francisco! to raise money and awareness for Rett's Syndrome.

Rett's Syndrome is a severe form of autism which only affects girls. It's a debilitating disease, but one in which a cure is in sight. I've worked with the Rett's Foundation for two years now, by raising money with my 8th grade English students by presenting various research projects at the local Barnes and Noble store. Each year we've raised more money; but this year, I'd like to take it over the top. So, besides my students presenting again this year, I wanted to raise awareness while doing something else that I love to do . . . which is compete in triathlons. As far as triathlons go, it doesn't get any bigger or more challenging that the Escape From Alcatraz race. The race is also symbolic of how the girls are in essence a prisoner in their own bodies. Their minds are free, but their bodies are broken. So, to help out, I'm going to put myself and my body through one of the most challenging races I could find. So, as I type this on September 25th, it's official that my journey and training start NOW!

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