Stories

Gina inspires and empowers those around her. She’s a mom, a wife, a friend, and— equally important—an advocate for those living with disabilities and cancer. She suffered a serious automobile accident that left her with traumatic brain injuries, post-traumatic stress syndrome, spinal cord damage, and central nervous system damage. Then, she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, and surgery, chemo, and radiation followed.

Whereas many would be overwhelmed by that list of physical, mental, and spiritual challenges, Gina turned to adaptive sports. “The welcoming environment of World T.E.A.M. Sports was the spark that got me to become the serious, disabled, endurance- adventure athlete that I have become today.” Surprisingly, however, Gina wasn’t the first athlete in her family to try a World T.E.A.M. Sports event. Her daughter, Rachael, participated in the Ultimate T.E.A.M. Inclusive Sports Clinic in Boston as an able-bodied athlete, because her parents wanted her to be comfortable interacting with children of all abilities. It was such a great experience that the family continued to sign up for World T.E.A.M. Sports events.

Today, Gina says, “World T.E.A.M. Sports has given me health, happiness, and purpose.” In 2013, she completed her second Adventure Team Challenge Colorado and her fourth consecutive Face of America Race. During every event, she carries personal mementos—medals, necklaces, and pins—for friends and family that she may ride with, for, or in memory of.