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Winter Bifida

by admin December 14 2011 16:00
Winter Bifida is a wonderful event put on each winter by the Spina Bifida Association of San Diego (SBSD). I had the great pleasure to speak at this years Winter Bifida this past Sunday, December 11th. The event was held at Balboa Park in San Diego, California and there were about 200 people that attended including those with Spina Bifida and their families. The event featured a lot of fun activities for children including face painting, arts and crafts and they even had a few fun piñatas for the kids to take swings at. There was great food and you could tell from the smiles on the faces of the children that it was a very special event.    

Winter Bifida

Dr. Chiang, who helped start Winter Bifida three years ago is a Urologist at Rady's Children's Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Surgery at UCSD. I had the privilege of having dinner with Dr. Chiang and several other families that are on the board for the Spina Bifida Association of San Diego the Friday night before Winter Bifida got to hear wonderful stories about the positive impact this organization is having on the Spina Bifida community there in San Diego. I asked Dr. Chiang how he became involved with the the Spina Bifida group of San Diego and he jokingly told me that he didn't know it was an option. He then told me that he believed that the children he worked with that have Spina Bifida should have an event during the winter. That was the beginning just over 2 years ago and I was thankful to be part of the 3rd Annual Winter Bifida.   I shared some funny stories about first being injured and learning how to overcome new obstacles in my life. These obstacles included getting back into rock climbing and rappelling as well as going back to school and finishing my degrees. I also shared stories about first meeting Todd Brown and the positive way he has impacted my life and thousands of others that he has come in contact with.

I shared about how Todd helped me get into racing and competing in road races and then started 180 Medical to help people turn their lives around in a positive direction. I had about 100 photos of me rappelling and after I spoke the children came up and I was able to sign the photos for them and several families have emailed me already thanking me for being such an inspiration. That seems a little funny to me because I was the one who truly gained inspiration from getting to witness the courageous spirits of the children and their families. 

We are excited to be involved with Rady's Children's Hospital and the Spina Bifida Association of San Diego and all of the great things they do.

Rob Roddy is a Rehab Specialist at 180 Medical. He travels the country speaking to groups, peer mentoring, and getting involved with adaptive sports. If your group is interested in having Rob speak at an event please contact Find him on Facebook: