My Why: Jessi Broocke

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on October 05, 2020 # Team Reeve

JessiThe inaugural Reeve Run & Roll virtual 5K will take Team Reeve globetrotting for the first time on October 17, 2020. And this time around, participants can run, roll, handcycle, bike, roller skate, or walk it out on a treadmill. We reached out to our Team Reeve members to ask why they are participating in the Reeve Foundation first virtual 5K.

Jessi Broocke

What inspired you to join Team Reeve?

I had wanted to join Team Reeve in one of the Marathons in 2016. When I first learned about it after my son’s diving injury, I knew this organization would be near and dear to my heart. The first few years post-injury would not have been possible for me to do that. I saw firsthand what the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation does for the community, and its dedication to research at both Craig Hospital and Frazier Rehabilitation. The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is improving the lives of those with paralysis. If I can do something to give back -even if it’s running many miles, I can commit to that. Especially when it comes to improving any secondary loss of functioning that follows spinal cord injuries, the Reeve Foundation is dedicated to SCI recovery. I believe they will continue to have significant breakthroughs.

What has been the hardest challenge that you have overcome?

Training and being the primary caregiver is a big obstacle, managing time, especially during COVID, and trying to maintain a work/life balance all while building an accessible home has proved to be a lot this year, but it’s all worth it!

What are you looking forward to on the day of the race?

Just knowing that I can do something to give back, even the smallest of things, is something I look forward too. Putting my efforts forward for someone with a spinal cord injury that may not be able to do this at this day and time and help eliminate their everyday struggles is rewarding enough for me. We’re hoping for a cure!!

Explain why it’s important for you to take part in this virtual 5k this year?

I was training to run the Chicago Marathon this October on behalf of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to raise money towards SCI research to improve treatments for SCI recovery and autonomic dysfunctions. When I learned the Reeve Run & Roll was going to be a virtual 5k that seemed very manageable compared to 26.2 miles!! I also thought I could rally some others with a shorter distance to join the cause, and the best part is …. IT’S INCLUSIVE!!!!

There is still time to register for the Reeve Run & Roll and join my team!

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