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Shane's Journey To Iowa

Shane Lauer, 19, of Phoenix, MD, an athlete affected by Duchene’s Muscular Dystrophy that has confined him to a wheelchair with life-threatening disabilities, has been invited to participate in the 2012 Hy-Vee 5150 US National Triathlon Championship on September 2, 2012, at Gray’s Lake in Des Moines, Iowa. Despite facing overwhelming challenges, Shane is a competitive athlete who earned his entry to the US Championship by finishing first in his division at the prestigious 2012 Columbia Triathlon on May 20, 2012. The Des Moines race is an extremely challenging triathlon that includes a 1.5k swim, 41k bike and a 10k run.

Over the last four years, Lauer has competed in numerous multisport events, including three full marathons, two sprint triathlons and four Half IronMan distance triathlons. For any athlete this is a substantial accomplishment, but Shane has persevered in these grueling races to chase his dream to compete in the US Championship. Lauer will be a senior at Dulaney High School in the fall and lives with his guardians and siblings in Phoenix, MD.

This inspiring team faces a significant financial hurdle in their quest to help Shane make history and cross the finish line. Although ASA and many volunteer athletes have helped hundreds of disabled athletes cross the finish line in other multisport events this year, there are no budgeted dollars available to fund the cross-country trip to the National Championship in Iowa.

We estimate that $10, 000 will be required to finance the full team’s travel to include the rental of an RV, food, lodging and participation fees. We need your support to help make Shane’s dream come true.

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