NOW TELL ME WHAT'S YOUR LAME EXCUSE for not running.
Being part of the Canadian Forces military, a career path she took to naturally being born to a family of military folks, she figured in an accident in 2006 ironically during her rest time with family when she was stationed in Kingston -- in between her wartime assignments.
She was walking home and held her nine-month-old baby Kieran when a reckless car driver broke loose and struck the mother-and-baby passers-by, dragging the two underneath the vehicle, and when the car came to an abrupt stop, she was thrown to a concrete barrier , and her baby was also thrown from her arms. It was a life-changing memorable nightmare, but the horrifying scenario failed to paralyze her, and further gave her more strength and courage to continue on what she wanted to do.
Fawcett was unfazed and resilient: she continued her military career, ventured into elite parasports via sitting volleyball, swimming , parathletics and paratriathlons --- and later bagged two bronze awards when she competed in two World Paratriathlon Championships held in Budapest in 2010, and in Beijing in 2012. Her husband Curtis, also a Canadian soldier like her and a fellow accomplished triathlete, supports her and helps her in her training for the competitions, bringing a picture of their baby Kieran in each competition to serve as her inspiration.
Fawcett shares: "Everything I do is in memory of him. When I came back from Budapest, I brought the medal to his grave and took a picture of it hanging on his grave marker. It was my way of celebrating it with him. I can't tell you how many times he's been on my shoulder encouraging me to go on. If I didn't have that, I don't think I'd be able to keep going."
And also on the same month of October 2012, another feather to Fawcett's cap: being inducted into the Canadian Forces Sports Hall of Fame. Her energy for life, her positivity, her go-getting bravura garnished with devil-may-care attitude and slambang courage and enthusiasm for life all make things happen for her. And everything always on large-scale.
There's nothing mediocre for this Wonder Woman. And you can hear the fireworks miles away.
"This came as a complete surprise, although I had hoped that one day , my name would grace this prestigious group... "A special shout out to Eric Schaeffer of A Step Ahead Prosthetics in NYC who helped me learn to live life without limitations. Eric makes these amazing legs I wear; no more blisters, no more chaffing, no more ripped skin. Yahooo!! "
"Also a big shout out to my family and my husband Curtis. What a lot of people don’t know is that my story is not simply about triumph over trauma. It's about my relationship with my spouse and how that has grown into what it is today. We persevered when most couples divorce particularly when it also involves the death of a child. We did not. It is because of Curtis and I have triumphed through perserverence."
Fawcett's voice reverberates: her life of bold audacity and unstoppable quest for triumph and adventure hurls out inspiration for everyone.
"Never let anyone curtail your dreams. Dare to dream big and then dare to dream to live outside the box. I did and I do. I am not mainstream because I choose to ‘make it happen’."