Originally published on April 12, 2016 on the Huffington Post.

Last week, I had the privilege of hanging out with Paralympic Rowing hopefuls Lorah (Laura) Goodkind and Helman Roman in West Windsor, New Jersey and watching them qualify as the top Mixed Pair Trunk & Arms (TA) boat in the United States.

These two have faced debilitating medical conditions, homelessness and near-death experiences. But they haven’t let any of this stop them from finding ways to show their bodies love through movement.

Lorah and Helman at their race in West Windsor, wearing Miami Beach Rowing Club (MBRC) colors.

Lorah and Helman at their race in West Windsor, wearing Miami Beach Rowing Club (MBRC) colors.

As TA rowers, Lorah and Helman use only their trunk and arm muscles, and their seats are fixed, as opposed to the traditional rowing stroke which uses the legs, trunk and arms and is done on a sliding seat . . .

Read the rest on the Huffington Post!

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