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I am writing you on behalf of my close friend and fellow dancer/aerialist Tresa Honaker. I had the honor of dancing and performing with AirAligned Aerial Dance Group under Tresa’s direction for nearly a decade. On January 11, 2012, Tresa’s ability to walk, let alone dance, came to a halt when she fell 15 feet onto an 8-inch crash mat. Tresa landed head first, severing her spine at T9 and breaking three ribs, resulting in paralysis from the waist down. She has been told she will never walk again.

Ms. Honaker was a lifelong athlete beginning with dance, gymnastics and diving as a youth. She returned to dance as an adult and became an accomplished performer and a dance educator. Tresa passionately pursued the study of aerial circus arts and then formed and trained her own aerial dance company called AirAligned. She has since influenced and inspired children and adults in our community to become their personal best through dance.

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December 23, 2019

What an amazing experience I had last January at Wodapalooza 2019 I place 2nd in my division and felt incredibly proud and thankful. I've worked really hard at caring for and strengthening my body after a fall in 2012 (almost 8 years ago) which caused a spinal cord injury and paralysis in my lower body.

I found Crossfit not only gave me big goals, community and life back in unexpected ways, but also has strengthened my core which has in turn increased my stability in walking and crawling.

*I will never give up hope of walking again

So... I have qualified AGAIN and plan to travel to Miami in February 2020 for Wodapalooza

I'm going for 1st Place :-)

I received a grant through Challenged Athletes Foundation and U2 Mobility is sponsoring me. I however will need to raise enough funds to cover a hotel stay for almost a week, plane fare, competition costs, equipment modifications, coaching sessions, food and local transport. 

Many people have asked how they can help... this page is one way.

December 23, 2019

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February 8, 2020

Good luck at Wodapalooza! You are a true inspiration. Go get 'em!

Alan Hamlet

January 22, 2020

We are so proud of you, Tresa!

SCI-FIT Sacramento

June 8, 2016

Hi Tresa,

Hope the PT is going well. I am thinking about you and telling others about your progress.

Julie Lang