My Why: Eric Chaffin

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on October 28, 2019 # News, Team Reeve

The TCS New York City Marathon is less than a week away! We have a full team this year ready to tackle 26.2 miles to raise funds and awareness for our cause. We reached out to our Team Reeve members to ask why they are participating in the marathon for the Reeve Foundation.

Eric Chaffin

What inspired you to join Team Reeve?

I have represented many people over the years who are living with paralysis caused by bad products and tragic accidents. I want to run for those who paralysis who as of now cannot. I say now because I believe one day there will be a cure.

What has been the hardest challenge that you have overcome?

A lazy eye combined with being sexually abused at a young age. It’s not something I ever share or talk about because I am a survivor, and do not consider myself a victim and nor do I wish to be viewed as a victim. I believe it is our choice in life how we view what has happens to us, and I am grateful that my journey led me to a career focused on fighting for those who need advocacy, extra care, and community support. I first did this as a federal prosecutor. And now I have the privilege to do this as an injury lawyer with my law firm’s guiding principle of Doing Good by Doing Right. And I am grateful to add to this wonderful journey by running for those with paralysis, and challenging people to take the #CLFInnerReeveChallenge.

What are you looking forward to the most on the day of the marathon?

I am looking forward to finding my inner spirit to get through the race. I will carry with me the words that Peter Wilderotter, President & CEO of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, recently shared with me: “The marathon is the perfect metaphor for what we are about because as you will soon realize, when the body breaks down, it takes your mind and spirit to get you to the finish line. The same goes for spinal cord injury.” And of course, I can’t wait to finish the Marathon and give away a Peloton Tread to a lucky donor who took on the #CLFInnerReeveChallenge!

Remember to follow us on Instagram to follow our team on race day. There is still time to support the team!

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