|Alyson O'Connor of Astoria Oregon|
"Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something."-unknown
New CMT member Alyson is doing her part to raise awareness of CMT. O'Connor 31 of Astoria Oregon was diagnosed with CMT at age 10. It is a condition she shares with her brother and dad.
She is mom to two kids Brook 7 and Jake 5 that so far thankfully have shown no CMT symptoms. Alyson divides her time between being a full time mom and a fitness instructor.
One of the fun things about starting this team is hearing the stories of each athlete. We all have such similar experiences. Just like most of us Alyson has seen subtle changes over the years, but has managed to stay active. She has poor balance, trips lots, rolls her ankles, has cold hands and feet and some numbness. Her feet burn when she runs or walks more than a few miles. Still she feels lucky because her symptoms are so mild.
Two years ago she and her husband Jim decided to run a half marathon for her birthday. She had good and bad days during her training. Getting though the training was tough. Her legs hurt during and after training and her feet always felt hot/stingy. During her half marathon at mile 8 her feet really started to bother her. She had to stop and rock on her heels it hurt so much. She was disappointed it took her 3 hours to do 13 miles. She has kept at it, finishing many 5 k and 10 K races. She has even done a sprint triathlon. This runner also has dreams of running the Boston Marathon and has asked me about the qualification process. I am sure we will see her in Boston soon.
Alyson wanted to join Team CMT because no one seems to know about CMT. Well Alyson you will fit right in with our mission of raising awareness. Her athletic friends look at her and wonder why she isn't faster. She wants to help them understand the affect of CMT on her life and others living with this condition. Alyson is also looking forward to having a fundraising page and using some of her events to raise money for Team CMT.
Her next two races will be the Lowell Oregon 5K at the end of July and the Great Columbia Crossing a 10 K in her hometown of Astoria. The Lowell race is put on by the fire department is near and dear to her heart because she is a volunteer fire fighter. The funds raised will benefit the National Fallen Fire Fighter Association. Thank you Alyson for your service to your community.
After these races she will start training for her first marathon. You go Alyson. All of us on Team CMT are proud of your marathon dreams and determination. Welcome to the team!
Chris WodkeFounder & Manager Team CMT