Ironman Triathlete Races for Orphans with Down Syndrome
Parents of a son with Down Syndrome, Brady Murray and his wife Andrea learned that children all over the world are often abandoned at birth when Down Syndrome is discovered. They decided to do something about it. Meet Brady as he shares his story of training and competing in Ironman competitions to raise money to aid families in the international adoption process. To date they have found homes for 11 orphans, created Rods Racing, recruited 128 athletes to the cause, and raised over $265,000.
Meet Brady Murray
With the motivation of knowing that hundreds of orphans with Down Syndrome are waiting for a family, Racing for Orphans with Down Syndrome (RODS) was launched. Their purpose is to create awareness for these special children and raise funding that goes toward making the dream of having a family of their own become a reality, one child at a time.
The seed for RODS Racing was planted in 2007 when founder Brady Murray’s newborn son, Nash, was placed in his arms. The doctors told him that his son has Down Syndrome. What seemed like an overwhelming challenge evolved into one of Brady’s biggest blessings. The unconditional love that Nash shows to all and the desire to help these precious children is the driving force behind RODS Racing.
“It’s amazing the motivation, and ability to train, and what my body could endure. Because now it wasn’t about me. It was about this kid.”
THE VIDEO INTERVIEW
As told to Erica Colvin, ProForm writer