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.