Seven years ago my leg was amputated and while I lay in a hospital bed in Bozeman ,MT a dear friend of mine planted a seed in my brain that has become one of my prime focuses ever since. I remember clearly Jim coming to my bed side, placing a photo in my hands showing a below knee amputee kitted in a USA Jersey and shorts with a medal around his neck. Soon after, that rider Ron Williams contacted me, eager to introduce me to the world of Paralympic cycling. I’m not sure if either Jim or Ron ever expected that seed to grow as it has in my life, but marvelously it is ready for harvest. Today the culmination of years of hard work and sacrifice by my family, friends and teammates allowed my dream to come true. I will be representing my country at the 2012 London Paralympic games as a member of the US Para-cycling team.
My deepest gratitude goes out to those that have stood firmly by my side through the ups and downs of this journey. To my ever growing friends and family you have carried my family and me on your backs in so many ways over the years. Your constant love, encouragement and support are the frame work of this dream. We are overwhelmed by your willingness to be a part of Team Kavanagh
When I walk onto the field during Opening Ceremonies in London, it will be with humble reverence for all that has been provided for me through these relationships. This may be my dream, but all of you are an irreplaceable part of it. Thus, it is not just I that will be representing the USA in London, but also all of you.