Excerpt of article by Mary Nugent | Chico Enterprise-Record (ChicoER)
Jenny LaBaw completed her 500-mile run across the Colorado Rockies to raise money and awareness for epilepsy.
She started her run Sept. 19 at the New Mexico border with Colorado and ended Oct. 19 on the Wyoming border.
LaBaw, an elite Crossfit athlete, decided in July that her fundraising run would focus on awareness and education for epilepsy. Her fundraiser is Move Mountains.
The 500-mile run is extreme even for experienced runners, not only because of the length but because of the elevation. Her route reached as high as 12,700 feet.
People don’t often talk about epilepsy, but epilepsy is very common. “My goal is increasing awareness about it, and teaching people not to be afraid. People can embrace it and have courage,” said LaBaw.
The money she raises through Move Mountains will go to the Epilepsy Foundation. LaBaw is an advocate for its Athletes vs. Epilepsy program.
Besides her financial goal, she wants epilepsy to be an accepted topic of conversation.
LaBaw doesn’t take for granted the people who have been there for her. She has wonderful support from family and friends. She also says having a positive attitude is invaluable.
“I like to say I’m helping people have hope and courage to stand up to epilepsy. It is nothing to be afraid of and I want to spread that. It doesn’t have to stop you. It’s about adversity, and we are all faced with adversity.
“I’m a big believer that your mindset defines how adversity affects you. With what you bring from your mental state, you can do pretty amazing things.”
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Thanks to Jenny LaBaw for sharing her picture and story; Move Mountains for raising funds for the awareness, acceptance, and cure of epilepsy; Mary Nugent for writing the article; ChicoER for committing its resources to the article; Google for helping me find the article; and the people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible to include the picture video, and text in this post.