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Andy Wirth runs past tragedy for a good cause

Friday, August 21st, 2015

 

Several years ago Andy Wirth was skydiving with his friends when his right arm was almost severed. An experienced skydiver, Wirth did not notice anything unusual in the conditions that turned a routine dive into a nearly fatal accident. Wirth was pushed off course, away from a safe landing, and into a vineyard, where a pole caught him in a major artery. Wirth experienced severe blood loss, and could have died without prompt medical care.

It was only due to excellent medical care, and the support of his family that Wirth has begun to recover. Since the accident Wirth has worked hard to regain strength in his arm, and get back to his previous level of physical fitness. Wirth’s ability as an athlete was an important part of his identity, and it was frustrating to struggle through tasks that used to feel natural.

Wirth has been inspired to put his pain behind him, and give back to the world. He has put together a team to participate in the 2015 IRONMAN Lake Tahoe, a triathlon. Wirth recruited a friend from college to bike, and a Navy SEALs he had become close with to swim. Wirth himself will be doing the running, with his arm brace. The team is called the Special Warfare Warrior team, and they are raising money for the Navy Seal Foundation.

The Navy SEAL foundation provides support to the community and families of brave individuals who defend our country. Throughout his rehabilitation Wirth became close with a group of Navy SEALs in his area. Their courage, dedication, and support was an important part of his recovery. You can give to the Navy SEAL foundation, and sponsor the Special Warfare Warrior Team by donating on crowdrise. The goal is to raise thirty-thousand dollars before the race next month. If you were inspired by Wirth’s story of survival and recovery please donate now.