12th Annual Tri to Make a Difference Triathlon

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A local triathlon has raised more than a million dollars in its history, it’s returning for the 12th time today. That money going to help sick kids through the children’s miracle network.

Madison and Jessica Witt, who are CMN recipients say, “It was our first experience, her being in a wheelchair, a wheelchair that Children’s Miracle Network bought for us, and so this is amazing, the fact that everybody gets together and raises money for such a good cause.”
 
11-year old Madison Witt has Ehlers Danols Syndrome (EDS).
 
It’s a neurological disorder where your joints stretch farther than they are supposed to, and it can cause a lot of pain.
 
“The Children’s Miracle Network is amazing, they brought in a pediatric neurologist from Tennessee and she has been amazing. We traveled to Lubbock and Austin and Dallas and Houston looking for someone to help and now that we have someone here we don’t have to travel so far,” says Jessica Witt.
 
Madison says, “It was hard to travel back and forth when I was in a lot of pain.”
 
This is where today’s triathlon benefiting CMN comes in handy, raising money to help kids like Madison.
 
Barry Lynch, the triathlons’ director and founder explained, “With the help of so many corporate sponsors and all of these people out here today and all of these volunteers, we get to provide that to families that don’t even know they need it, but when they do they’ll appreciate it.”
 
Lynch’s reasons for starting this triathlon are as personal as it can get.
 
Lynch says, “Our son Thomas, went into a pediatric neonatal intensive care unit at BSA hospital, and as we looked around in 2005, we noticed that the CMN logo was on every piece of equipment in that unit. We just thought that’s the group we want to partner with. We benefited from that equipment in 2005 and now we get to provide that same kind of support and benefit.”
 
In total, the triathlon has raised more than $1.2 million for CMN.
 
Lauren Quill, one of the event’s volunteers says, “A few years back I went to the opening of the remodel of the pediatric wing at BSA and it was just incredible to see the money raised in this race go directly into that renovation.”

We asked Jodi Reid, the executive director of Children’s Miracle Network in Amarillo, about which part of the triathlon is her favorite. She said it’s the run at the end because you’ve already swum and cycled and it’s just a push through to the finish line.

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