20 July 2009

Help me support the US Adaptive Recreation Center!


My name is Sarah Heacox and I've been a volunteer ski instructor at the U.S. Adaptive Recreation Center for several years, teaching downhill skiing to individuals with disabilities. I'm participating in a USARC fundraiser called the Peak-to-Peak Pedal, riding a bicycle 335 miles from Mammoth Mountain to Big Bear this fall. The money we raise supports outdoor recreation for children and adults with disabilities. This will be my second year riding the Peak-to-Peak!

USARC is the only organization in Southern California to provide camping, fishing, off-road downhill wheelchair riding, canoeing, sailing, jet skiing, water skiing, snowboarding and snow skiing instruction to the disabled community. Their website states,

"USARC believes people are empowered when they undertake and succeed at challenging outdoor recreation. These experiences often result in increased self-confidence and greater success in academic, professional and personal life challenges."

In other words, opportunities to play in the outdoors, like skiing and camping, are far more than just recreation. They represent a chance to build skills and self-esteem to help people achieve goals in every aspect of their lives.

I'm asking for your support in the form of a donation to USARC. My fundraising goal is $1800 by October 1st.

Please click here to go to the secure donation site! All donations are tax deductible. Thank you for supporting USARC and athletes with disabilities!

PS You can also give me a check made out to USARC (contact me at sarah (dot) heacox (at) gmail (dot) com), or go to http://acteva.com/go/p2p15 , select "Donor" and press continue, and select "Rider-Sarah Heacox".

PPS You can see pictures of me riding in last year's 2008 Peak-to-Peak Pedal 14 here!

[Images: 1. Me and Talia, a seven-year-old with autism, in her first ski lesson. The huge smile never left her face. 2. Me and Emma in her bi-ski, enjoying some cocoa slopeside after a long chilly day of fun skiing. 3. USARC logo. 4. 15th Annual Peak-to-Peak Pedal logo.]

19 July 2009

Pics from 2008 Peak-to-Peak Pedal 14

Some pictures from the 2008 Peak-to-Peak Pedal, riding between Big Bear and Mammoth!

Ahhh, going downhill...

Taking a quick rest at the top of a hill.

Layered up against the below-freezing weather, the hill I just climbed in the background.

I'm smiling because I'm at 6000 feet approaching Mammoth Mountain, there's no oxygen, and Tom is pushing me up the hill.

02 July 2009

So I let the blog die because I was so caught up in writing other stuff. Namely, mad revising of a middle-grade story about adaptive skiing, and writing a completely unrelated adult fantasy novel. The MG story is done and polished and I'm actually writing an actual query letter for it (meep!), and the fantasy novel second draft is done and in the hands of beta readers as we speak! And a new YA fantasy novel is in the works. Exciting.

I'm also signed up for my second ever Peak-to-Peak Pedal! More info to come on that.

In other news, this song (and video) fills me with an inordinate quantity of love and smushy feelings. Watch it and your day will be better!