Zina's Fabulous Fundraising Page
$3,059.00 raised
$2,500.00 goal
A MESSAGE FROM Zina's Fabulous Fundraising Page
Thank you for visiting my fabulous fundraising page! 

 Here's the deal: 

5 years ago I was diagnosed with a rare chronic liver disorder. It changed my life. 

3 years ago my Dad had the unexpected idea to take me to the Grand Canyon for part of my recovery (if you knew my dad, this wouldn’t surprise you), so I could prove to myself I could triumph over a physical challenge, and no longer feel limited… it was crazy, dangerous, and it worked! It changed my life. 

Last year I had the honor of being given a full grant, an Athenaship, with Project Athena for the Keys2Recovery event where we biked and paddled 120 miles from Key Largo to Key West in 3 days… As an “Athena” I learned what it was like to accomplish a physical goal in community, and gain a new family of support. It changed my life. 

This year I’m fundraising to go back to the Grand Canyon with the Project Athena Foundation (PAF) to support another Athena to reach her recovery dreams in this remarkable PAF family.  This is going to change someone’s life

That's where you come in.

I have never fundraised for literally anything. I'm not proud of that, it's just a fact that I have never felt so personally called to an organization. In case you didn’t already figure this out: this organization, Project Athena, has changed my life. I realized by being an Athena, that I’m stronger and braver than I ever thought. My experience with Project Athena Foundation (PAF) inspired me to go from using my illness as my personal work, to using my illness as my public work. It has given me the personal fire to get out there to make a bigger difference in other people's lives who are struggling with illness. (Check out my new website/blog!) If you're interested, here's a link to a bit about what I wrote about my adventure with PAF, which PAF kindly shared with one of their major sponsors, Peloton Global. So now’s the time folks. 

Getting to celebrate a birthday is precious. In honor of my 35th birthday, I’m asking you to please donate to this amazing, life-changing, organization so that another woman can have the opportunity to reach her recovery dreams by going to the Grand Canyon! Any amount of support would help, seriously!  Thank you in advance for considering giving this gift to an Athena. (I know you were going to get me cupcakes, but I can wait till next year). 

Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support my fundraising efforts. (It also may, or may not, involve more glitter, rainbows, fluffy bunnies, and unicorns appearing spontaneously in your life... just keep an eye out.) Many thanks for your support -- and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too! 

One thing I learned from PAF is never to limit myself, so I have decided to support not just one event/Athena but two, Santa Barbara and Grand Canyon (why not maximize the love?!). So, if you feel so inclined, support either one, or both! Check out my other page for Santa Barbara Intro to Adventure Racing, June 2016!

Huge XO and sassy jazzhands to each and every one of you!
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  • Erin Evan made a $10.00 donation
  • Beth Johnson made a $104.00 donation

    Because you are inspiration. Jazzy hands to you from us in Ohio :)

  • Kristy Matteson made a $100.00 donation
  • J Akiyama made a $25.00 donation
  • Karsten Vagner made a $50.00 donation
  • Laura Shibut made a $50.00 donation

    Happy Birthday Zina! Continue the good work of helping others heal and embrace life!

  • Tracy Rowland made a $50.00 donation

    Zina.....I am so proud of all you have done for yourself and now for others. It feels great to give, doesn't it? Bravo to YOU! Tracy

  • Sandra K Strong made a $100.00 donation
  • Lindsey Davis made a $15.00 donation

    Rock on Lady!

  • Joanne Vagner made a $50.00 donation

    You go Girl!

  • Salli Garrigan made a $35.00 donation

    Happy Birthday, Zina! This is such an incredible journey you are on, and I am so happy you are sharing it with the rest of the world.

  • Malcolm And Carmel Ulbrick made a $25.00 donation

    keep on inspiring others and being the best you can, all with a strong voice and warm smile. Happy Birthday!

  • Anonymous made a $250.00 donation

    I have seen how meaningful your time in the Florida Keys with Project Athena was, and I am honored to be able to help you reach out and share similar life-affirming experiences with others. As always, wishing you the best. “May whatever breaks be reconstructed by the sea with the long labor of its tides…”

  • Tracy Rowland made a $50.00 donation

    Zina... I will be in "beautiful British Columbia" on your OT Fundraising day to celebrate my birthday in the Butchart Gardens in Victoria. I will run a few laps and lift some flowers around the garden in support of your day at OT. Love you lots and sending lots of healing love too.

  • Orangetheory Salsa Night made a $45.00 donation
  • Ashley Burns made a $200.00 donation

    Love you friend, I'm so proud of you and all that you've been able to accomplish through Athena!!

  • Susan & Kelly made a $50.00 donation

    You always INSPIRE! xo

  • Zina M First Giving made a $150.00 donation
  • Erica Sweany made a $75.00 donation

    So proud of, and inspired by you.... as always. Love you, Z!! xoxo

  • Eric Blommel made a $25.00 donation

    Happy Birthday to a Survivor. Wishing you the best.

  • Aunt Karen Uncle Mike Vagner made a $75.00 donation

    Happy Birthday Zina! Best wishes for success, health and joy in all you do.

  • Becky Munoz made a $100.00 donation

    Zina, You are amazing! Not only are you smart and beautiful, you are strong and caring. It is a blessing to know you! Becky and Joe

  • Barbara Grant made a $50.00 donation

    strong is beautiful

  • Laurie Budgar made a $25.00 donation

    So inspired by you! Keep rockin' the jazz hands! :)

  • CINDY K made a $50.00 donation

    go girl - so glad you're out there helping other Athenas! #Coloradojazzhands!

  • Stephanie Smith made a $25.00 donation

    You are such an inspiration and I am so proud to be able to support you!!!

  • Harvey Burbs made a $100.00 donation
  • Kimberly Vagner made a $20.00 donation
  • Sandra Short made a $25.00 donation
  • Joanne Vagner made a $100.00 donation
  • Orange Theory Fitness Raffle made a $30.00 donation
  • Barbara Kamlet made a $25.00 donation
  • Kim Vagner made a $50.00 donation
  • The Early Morning Coffee Gals made a $100.00 donation

    Hi Zina! We can't make it to Saturday's fundraising class but wanted to support you and Project Athena. Keep on inspiring!

  • Ambassador Program Credit made a $500.00 donation

    *credit for fulfilling PAF Ambassador Program requirements.

  • Brianna Firestone made a $50.00 donation

    Z - I am so sorry this is late! you are inspiring!!! xoxo Bri

  • James Counsellor made a $25.00 donation

    I anxiously await the fluffy bunnies.

  • Anonymous made a $100.00 donation

    keep going! you can do it!

  • Anonymous made a $150.00 donation

    So close, your almost there! Wishing you and the new Athenas' an amazing life changing experience :-)

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