Sprinting Towards a Dream

For: Jamey Parks
Organizer: Jamey Parks
Sprinting Towards a Dream (Jamey Parks)
$2,350
of $10,000 goal.
Raised by 30 donors
23% Complete

The Story

Hello Everyone!

My name is Jamey Parks and I have been raising support and funds since last Spring where I went to last year's World Sprint Championships in Moscow, Russia, but also for future opportunities in the sport of Paracanoe.  On July 18th I won a spot on the U.S. National Team for the 2nd year in a row and am in the process of raising funds to go to Milan, Italy.  Further, funding is badly needed for opportunities that relate to training and ongoing competition at the local, national, and international levels. In March of 2015 the Paracanoe community was hit with the unfortunate news from the International Paralympic Committee that there sport has been taken out of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Still, I continued training hard this year and am determined to continue with my pursuit of the World Championship and honorably represent the USA!  

Goals are things that I have had to achieve since my accident in February 1999. After being struck by an automobile while walking on the freeway, I faced an uncertain fate and future. Luckily, by the grace of God, I survived a high left leg amputation, cardiac arrest, kidney dialysis, and near paralysis. Since then, I have learned to walk on my prosthetic leg, earned a Bachelor’s and M.B.A. degree, got married, had children, and started my own business. I have endured 35 surgeries, always knowing that there is still much for me to give and accomplish in this world.

I started paddling in 2005 and was on a 6-person team that won a gold medal at the 2006 World Sprint Championship in New Zealand.  I competed again on a team at the World Sprints in 2008 and won two silver medals. After the Sprint Championships in 2008, I settled into my career and took a break from paddling. My wife and I now have three children and see this extraordinary development in our lives as a dream worth pursuing. 

Now I am competing individually in the sport of Paracanoe. I am grateful for this amazing opportunity, and am committed to achieving the goals related to being a world-class athlete. I appreciate your willingness and dedication to support my dreams financially, and I promise to give you my best efforts while representing TEAM USA! Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Jamey Parks

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on July 22, 2015

Posted on July 22, 2015

Hello everyone!
I am happy to say that I won a spot on the U.S. National Paracanoe Team this past weekend and will be traveling to Milan, Italy next month to compete in the  World Championships!  I did not want to start asking for help with this endeavor until I knew that I made the team again for the 2nd year in a row.  I successfully beat the two prior champions before me at Lake Lanier which was a tough task.  My time wasn't as fast as it had been in practice which really has me amped up going into World's. My coaches and I think that I can medal if I can paddle my race.  Please help me sprint towards this dream! I would be honored and humbled by any contribution or supportive comment that you can give. Thanks again!


Posted on January 11, 2015

Posted on January 11, 2015

Dropped the few pounds gained over Christmas break this past week. Shoulder feeling good. Going to start working with Lynchburg College's Doctorate of Physical Therapy program soon with no injuries. Looking forward to that!

Posted on January 4, 2015

Posted on January 4, 2015

Back from Christmas vacation with the family. Feeling great! Super focused on the task that lies before me.

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