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Challenge Puerto Varas: ALS Athlete Realizes Dream, Enlists Help from Friends and Family



Nicolas Mendoza, 41 years old and highly diagnosed with ALS, participated in the 3K Challenge Family Run.

over two years ago, Nicolas Mendoza, 41, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The disease progressed rapidly and his muscles failed. Thus, a former trail running competitor asked at the end of last year if he wanted to cross the finish line again. His friends and family were on a mission to help him make his dream come true.

One of his close friends, Juan Phillips, described the moment as follows:Most are far away and he can’t move very far. ” announced at the time Challenge Family run by Clínica Puerto Varas, held in the Los Lagos area this Saturday. “That race fell from the sky. We contacted the director, Loreto Diaz, and she reached out to us,” added a friend of hers.

After three months of preparation with his wife Beatrice and their children, Nicolas had an unforgettable day. He competed in his 3K of the 2023 Challenge His Family Run with 30 loved ones at this Sunday’s preview of the International Triathlon. He reached the finish line in 38 minutes and 47 seconds.

His participation caused excitement and applause in the streets. The logistics were very well arranged.Several friends were in charge of his move, others took breaks to communicate with him so they calculated the time and the group was put on a ventilator. I was in charge of a car with

Nicholas Can’t speak, but communicates through devices connected to the computer This allows you to type with your eyesight (Tobii Eye Tracker). As such, he expressed his joy at having his dream come true: “It was unbelievable. It was cool to have everyone there. we can do anything I’m happy, I’ve never trotted so many people.

The race director, Loreto Diaz, went through the whole process. Today he moved to the waterfront of Puerto Varas in front of Lake Ranquihue: “It’s an honor for him to donate a grain of sand to make his dream come true with his family and friends. This is us It reflects the spirit of the Challenge family.That’s the stamp we want to put on.Every participant deserves an unforgettable experience.His perseverance and strength is a role model for many.” .”

Nicholas’ brother, Sergio, is already thinking about his next challenge. “Now he told us to do the trail[mountain race].” says with a smile. Motivational stories sparked standing ovations at the finish line, and inspiring athletes happily left to achieve new goals in life.

Source: Biobiochile

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