023 – How The Challenged Athletes Foundation is Changing Lives

Patrick Lawrence is the Senior Programs Manager for the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) and he joins us to talk about CAF and specifically their grant program in order to empower the athlete in all of us!

One of the ways we manage life with a disability is to stay as active as we can.  But staying active when you have a disability looks a lot different than it does for able-bodied people. Whether traveling to an accessible location, finding equipment that we can use, or locating a coach ready and able to help us stay active – it becomes more complicated with a disability.

 

 

 

Kyle knows that firsthand, when he realized that a recumbent trike suitable to him was well beyond his price range. He found out about the Challenged Athletes Foundation, an organization that provides grants for people with disabilities. Kyle applied for a grant, and received the money that enabled him to get his Catrike, which enabled him to ride across the US in the Race Across America.

 

We are happy to bring you this interview with Patrick Lawrence, Senior Programs Manager at CAF. He tells us how he became involved with CAF, and tells us about this company’s mission.

 

We hope to encourage any of our listeners with disabilities to apply for a grant through CAF. Both Sean and Kyle can attest to the unbelievable medicine that is staying active, despite disability. Do not let the word “Athlete” in the organization’s title intimidate you. Their grants are for people at all levels of activity- whether you are looking for an adaptive machine or a gym membership for the first time or whether you are a trained Paralympic athlete.

 

We want to thank Patrick for letting us know a little more about the awesome initiatives the Challenged Athletes Foundation accomplishes. We encourage all our listeners to STAY ACTIVE, TAKE INITIATIVE and APPLY!

 

Keep living with urgency.

 

Apply here for a CAF grant.

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