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Dear Family and Friends,

I’m writing you today in hopes that you will read my story and see my dream. As many of you may know, I have always loved horses and I started riding when I was 12 years old. I rode for the next ten years until my accident. On August 12, 2003 the horse I was riding, named Little Bandit, decided to rear up. Within a couple of seconds the animal fell sideways on top of me. My C5 and C6 vertebrae dislocated, instantly paralyzing me from the torso down. I spent approximately four months in the hospital and, though my doctors said my chances of walking were slim to none, I took it upon myself to keep exercising and stretching. After several years of swimming, yoga, acupuncture, and weight lifting my body’s muscular system started reacting like ripples in the water. Where I was only able to lift a pound with my biceps in the past I am now able to lift twenty pounds. My triceps, laterals, abdominals, and hip flexors have all regained movement. I have worked hard to regain my strength and I hope that you will recognize my determination to walk.

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January 4, 2014

Over the course of 2013 I raised $7,500! Thank you to everyone who contributed! 😀

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April 23, 2014

Your attitude and determination is remarkable. In fact, your spirit has helped one combat veteran soldier I know overcome any difficulties he has faced. I realize you may have your bad days, but your overall fearlessness really is an inspiration. I am honored to call you my cousin. I love you!

Tasha Rodas

November 18, 2013

Hi Heather I sure do miss doing yoga with you at Samadhi but hope that you will make your way out west to Project Walk, I live right down the street, meant to be! xo

Alisha Welch

October 8, 2013

Thanks for letting me visit your workout yesterday - I was BLOWN AWAY! You've gained so much strength, and your whole body looks and acts totally different from before! Keep it up, girl!

Katix / Golden, CO

October 8, 2013

hi heather you're seriously one of the toughest lady's i ever met.. i miss your face.. hope all is well :)

Travis, Quintana/Colorado