My Why: Shannon Carlson

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on October 07, 2021 # Team Reeve, My Why

Shannon runningOn Sunday, October 10, 2021, Team Reeve will take on the Bank of America Chicago Marathon! 2019 was a record-breaking year for Team Reeve Chicago, raising over $100,000 for paralysis research! We want to continue the momentum for 2021!

Shannon Carlson

What inspired you to join Team Reeve?

I have been aware of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation for a long time. However, it was not until I started studying physical therapy that I really took an interest in their mission. Since then, I have learned more about what the Reeve Foundation does for other non-profits through its Quality of Life Grants and for the people who are newly injured in regards to access to therapies, equipment, and helping with community integration. I am inspired by my patients who are so motivated to learn to move again after injury, and I joined Team Reeve as an additional way to support them. Since joining Team Reeve, I have been even more inspired by both the leadership's personal stories (Kelly, Mark), as well as my teammates'!

Shannon at workWhat are you doing to train for the marathon?

One thing I have been doing to help get my miles in is running home from work once or twice a week. This has served as a great way to clear my head from a day at the hospital, as well as to remember how beautiful the city of Boston is. It has served as a good reminder to appreciate the beauty around me, and be appreciative of my ability to run!

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

I am looking forward to meeting my team members in person, as well as having spectators line the streets of Chicago! This will be a few of my teammates' first marathon, and I am so excited to see how happy they will be when they cross that finish line and become marathoners!

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