"There are really no limits to what we are capable of as human beings." - Shannon Farar-Griefer
Shannon Farar-Griefer is a true force. She's an incredible mom to three boys and accomplished ultra-marathoner, including six finishes of the Badwater 135 Ultra Marathon and being the first female double-Badwater finisher, running 270 miles from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney, summiting, and running back through Death Valley.
Shannon was a late bloomer in long distance running and started when she made the life-changing decision to go for a run at 35 years old after watching the LA Marathon on TV with her two youngest boys. Any one of her major ultra marathon, "hundo" (100 mile race), or Badwater finishes could be a "brink of midnight" moment, but her world truly changed when she was diagnosed with MS. Despite daily injections, IV treatment, and the total disruption and toll this disease has taken on her life, she has not given up running. She considers putting one foot in front of the other her life force and what makes her strong enough to go to battle against MS. She heroically fights every day and shows us all that the human spirit and faith can reign in the toughest of circumstances. Shannon also challenges us to abandon the idea that we somehow aren't enough to chase our dreams, and that no excuse should stop us from seizing every day in pursuit of those dreams.
SHANNON'S WORDS OF WISDOM
"The marathon changed my life."
"There are really no limits to what we are capable of as human beings."
"I think people are afraid of failure, so they don't even want to attempt a challenge. I want to attempt everything above and beyond what I think I can do."
"My DNF's (Did Not Finish) aren't failures; I learn from them."
"I think everybody has capability beyond what they think they have. They don't test themselves."
"I believe people have to see what they're made of. That's what ultra running does for me."
"I have MS, but it's not who I am. This diagnosis has been a blessing. I show people that they should never give up and that they should continue living their life...I look at all the things I can do. I always look at what's positive in my life, what's good in my life."
"Don't look at what's wrong. Look at what's beautiful in your life."
"I love the unknown."
"Have a dream. Never give up. Live your life to the fullest that you can possibly live your life."
SHANNON'S CHARITABLE WORK AND PROJECTS
Race to Erase MS is dedicated to treatment and finding the ultimate cure for Multiple Sclerosis
Chase Foundation at Children's Hospital LA provides child life therapy and art therapy to children dealing with hospitalization and treatment
Act Today for Autism helps families provide treatment and care for their children with autism
A Walk on Water provides surf therapy to individuals with special needs
Mighty Underdogs are a team of dedicated and professional surfers who help bring surf and ocean therapy to children with special needs one wave at a time
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