Miles O’Brien, award winning journalist and former CNN correspondent, is three years into his new life as an amputee and will be coming from Washington D.C. to Oceanside to compete with his son on behalf of CAF. Miles lost his arm due to compartment syndrome after a case of TV gear fell onto his forearm.
Here is Miles’ journey in his own words:
“Since my accident, I’ve worked hard to stay in the game athletically. It has had its challenges. On one of my first one-armed runs, I stumbled on an uneven sidewalk and tried to break my fall with my missing arm. Instead, I landed flat on my face, breaking my nose.
I often think about what Winston Churchill said: “If you’re going through hell, keep going”. And that is what I have been doing. I’ve run two marathons, one sprint triathlon and have ridden my bike 300 miles across Michigan over one summer weekend four times now.
When my Navy Lieutenant son challenged me to join him in competing at Oceanside 70.3, I knew I had found the main event that I’d been looking for since my amputation. I know first-hand what great work CAF does and I want to do whatever I can to help their important mission. So, I told my son “game on” and got busy swimming, biking, running, and fundraising.
I want as many people as possible to join me in this challenge. It’s an opportunity to understand what it means to be resilient; to conquer life despite a disability. None of us can do that alone. We need help to achieve that goal and CAF provides it.” – Miles O’Brien