Friday, June 18, 2010

Press Play

Although half-crazy when I signed up for this event, in August 2010 I will compete in my first IronMan distance triathlon (2.4mile swim, 112mile bike, 26.2mile run) on behalf of my sister Grace living with a congenital heart defect. Grace was born with a heart defect and has had four open-heart surgeries since birth, her last in November 2009. Grace inspires me and I hope to inspire her as well, by showing that life can be as adventurous as you wish, each and every day.

Realizing that Grace’s most recent surgery was only made possible during the last 12 years of medical advances (the number of years between her most recent surgeries), I wish to raise money for research in this field. Please join me in my quest to raise money for The Children’s Heart Foundation, one of the only national non-profits specifically created to help fund congenital heart defect research.

Our goal is to raise $20,000! The fund-raising website is run by Kintera through the Janus Charity Challenge, exclusively for IronMan competitors. For the top fundraiser in each IronMan event, Janus will contribute an additional $10,000 to help support the chosen charity. The goal is for TEAM GRACE to raise the most money in coordination with the Louisville event, so that our total contribution to The Children’s Heart Foundation will be at least $30,000; enough to fund a research grant that could mend many hearts. Thanks in advance for your support!

For the top fundraiser in each IronMan event, Janus will contribute an additional $10,000 to help support the chosen charity. For second place, $8,000; third place, $6,000; fourth place $4,000; fifth place, $2,000.  WE ARE CURRENTLY IN FOURTH PLACE OUT OF 53 ATHLETES FUNDRAISING & COMPETING IN THE LOUISVILLE IRONMAN!

Many thanks to our sponsors: 732 Social, Parkside Bicycle Boutique, Dirty Tease, An.Automaton Designs

Special thanks to Bill Foley of the Children's Heart Foundation and those of you who have pledged thus far!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

IronHeart Concert

Successful event.  Lots of fun!  $2,500+ raised in a few hours for medical research, for the hearts of the world!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

T-Shirts for Team Grace!


We're raising money between now and August 29th (Louisville IronMan) for the advancement of medical research of congenital (birth) heart defects. 

If you’d like to get your chest into a once-in-a-lifetime Team Grace, “IronHeart” t-shirt, it’s all yours with a minimum $25 donation to The Children's Heart Foundation. Just email me to let me know you're interested at

100% of the dollar amount you give over the cost of the shirt will be posted online ( under your name, and sent directly to The Children’s Heart Foundation. In mid-July or Mid-August, we will email you to let you know when your awesome shirt is ready for wearing.


With special thanks to Bill Foley of The Children’s Heart Foundation, Dirty Tease screen-printing, Parkside Bicycle Boutique, and those of you who have pledged thus far!
With very special thanks to Samuel Battcher for creating the IronHeart / Team Grace artwork.