My name is Dawn Macomber, I am 45 years old, mom, hobby chicken farmer, 100% disabled, service connected, Army veteran from Derry, NH. I have Cauda Equina Syndrome with incomplete paraplegia. I was able to participate in the ASF’s Warriors In Motion® bobsled clinic at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, NY this past March and November. The clinics were of no cost to me thanks to a grant from the VA.
Through these opportunities provided by ASF’s Warriors in Motion, my love for the sport grew and with the advice of ASF’s staff, I contacted the USA team captain for Para-bobsled and, before I knew it, I was off to Latvia for pilot camp to explore trying out for TEAM USA. Last week, I was invited to be on the national team as the first in the world, woman para-bobsled pilot to compete in a world cup with all males. I placed tied for 11th. I will be traveling to Europe for more races and my dream is to make it to the Paralympics.
I am so grateful for this opportunity provided by the ASF. I wouldn’t be where I am today without it and I just can’t believe this amazing opportunity I have because of all of you. A special thanks to all the ASF staff and volunteers…it is not at all easy dealing with us at times, and their patience, heart and dedication to help us, shines through in all the good that you do. Thank you for what you do for me, and my fellow injured US Veterans.