So, you may be asking yourself, “Why is a blog called Becoming Timberman, a race in the green forested area of New Hampshire, themed in pink and purple?” Well, I’ll tell you why: little tiny babies, that’s why. See, I race to lose weight, get in shape, and get faster, but if I did it just for me I’d feel pretty damn selfish. Plus, I’m lazy so I need all the motivation I can get. That’s why I’m also training and racing for little tiny babies both sick and healthy, and their parents and family.
I’m not lucky enough yet to have children of my own, and my family has been blessed to not have experienced the feeling of having your cherished newborn arrive only to deal with the heartache of seeing them born with conditions that force them to be kept in pediatric or neo-natal ICU wards. I’ve had friends who have, and I’ve seen them struggle through what must be a terribly difficult time. I’ve been in pediatric ICUs as both a patient and a visitor, and let me say this; while the nurses and doctors in this country provide some of the best care in the world, the visitation areas are often small and offer little in the way of privacy or creature comforts.
That’s where the Eleonore Rocks Foundation comes in. Their primary mission is to donate rocking chairs to birthing units and hospital rooms in NICUs. They also provide additional support to impacted families. I can’t imagine what it’s like to bring a new life into the world but have only limited chances to be with your baby, and be able to be there and care for your child in the normal way has got to be incredibly painful. By providing a small creature comfort, giving mothers and fathers a place to hold and rock their child, Eleonore Rocks hopes to make difficult days a bit brighter.
One of the ways in which Eleonore Rocks works to raise funds is through the Eleonore Rocks Triathlon Team. We as distance athletes, raise funds for the foundation while serving as moving billboards at endurance events all across the country. With uniforms and equipment either donated by generous sponsors or purchased by athletes, the cost to fund the team is extremely minimal with the entire foundation having close to no overhead in order to put every dollar possible into helping bring families closer to newborns who need intensive care. I’m truly honored to wear the pink and purple kit of Eleonore Rocks for 2012, and I hope that my efforts in training and racing will inspire you to provide financial assistance to this worthy cause.
The Eleonore Rocks Foundation is a 501c3 charitable organization, donations are tax deductible.