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A Message From Joanne

2017 Florida Keys to Recovery, here we come!!!

Just over a year ago, I attended an event where the keynote speaker was multisport Adventure Racer, Robyn Benincasa.  She spoke about change and how being part of a team is so rewarding; in the workplace and in life.  She shared stories of her adventure racing and how she was able to succeed because of the people in her life.  Fast forward - Project Athena Foundation.  While recovering from her 5th hip replacement due to Stage IV Osteoarthritis, Robyn couldn't help but think about how she could to pay-it-forward to other women who need to make the transition from Survivor to Athelete/Thriver.

After the event, I had the opportunity to speak with Robyn and learn more about the foundation.  My friend and I took one of her flyers on the adventures and while I finished up my classes, my friend applied and participating in an Adventure!!!!!!  She shared with me how incredible it was to be side-by-side with the Survivors and I decided I to apply to be a Goddess for the “Keys to Recovery 2017”!   I am very excited to share that I have been accepted and will take on this challenge and help other women achieve their goals. 

You might ask what this exactly means to be a Goddess.  Well, I will be part of a 120 mile multisport adventure with FIVE AMAZING WOMEN, affectionately known as Athenas.  I have met them through their powerful stories of successfully transition from Survivor to Athlete and IT WAS INSPIRATIONAL!!!! These badass gals had kicked Cancer’s ass, survived a near fatal brain injury, and struggle with an illness that will never go away!  To see that taking the easy way out of something isn’t really an option.  If you want something you need to reach and fight for it.  This foundation has taught me to never let anyone give up and I will always give 150% to helping these women and anyone else to achieve their goals.

My challenge for you is three-fold.....

1.       If you have a sister, mother, aunt, cousin, friend, co-worker, neighbor or someone at the gym who has experienced a severe, traumatic or life threatening illness or injury:  Please share www.ProjectAthena.org with them (or contact me directly) to learn more about this incredible program.

2.       If YOU want to give back and experience an Athena’s transition – DO IT. Apply to be a Goddess or God (Guys, this means you, too!) on one of the many adventures available. Go to www.ProjectAthena.org.... I guarantee, you will be forever changed!!!

3.       2017 Keys to Recovery: Please donate! My goal is to raise a ton of money!  Everything you donate goes to the Athenas (not me). ALL OF IT. Your tax deductible donation will afford training, gym membership, and travel – whatever it takes to get the current and future Athenas to the finish line.  Every dollar counts

Your challenge starts now! 

Thank you,

Joanne Diep

Proud Goddess

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