TEAM DONATE LIFE ENDURE
Through awareness, advocacy, education, and fundraising in the endurance and outdoor communities,
TEAM DONATE LIFE ENDURE promotes organ/tissue donation and mental health.
WORLD’S TOUGHEST RACE: ECO CHALLENGE FIJI occurs in September 2019 and will air in a 10-episode series on Amazon Prime in 2020. Our squad consists of Travis Macy, Mark Macy, Danelle Ballengee, Shane Sigle, and Andrew Speers, and we’re racing as TEAM ENDURE:
On Team Endure, a 65-year-old Eco Challenge legend and kidney donor with Alzheimer’s teams up with three younger elites: his son, a professional whitewater paddler, and a woman who survived two nights alone in the desert after a deadly fall before being rescued by her dog.
In 1990, my mom, Pam, had a fatal liver disease. Thankfully, she received a life-saving liver from a deceased donor. The liver continues to function well today. Twelve years later, Mom needed a kidney transplant, and her brother, the infamous Uncle B. (finisher of Leadville 100 and many other events), came through with a kidney. That kidney did well for about 15 years, but she needed another transplant in 2017. Another brother, Uncle E. (also finisher of dozens of ultra runs), pulled through with a kidney. Mom is doing well, and Uncle E. finished the Leadville 100 (his 24th finish!) just nine months later. My dad, Mark, wanted to give back, so he provided an anonymous kidney donation in early 2018. Needless to say, organ donation is dear to my heart, and I seek here to support a cause that saves lives.
Mental health has come onto my radar as an essential topic through my work with endurance athletes and growing understanding of the connections between training, racing, overtraining, and well being. It’s my hope that sharing openly about my own experience with depression may empower others to seek help, move forward, and partner in camaraderie.
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