First Pacific Islander with a disability bound for New York
Monday 4 August, 2014
Press Release | Vaka Tautua DIAS Team
Wellingtonian Felicia Manase may live with a disability but that’s not stopping her from chasing her dreams to run the 42km New York Marathon this year on the 2nd of November.
The 27 year old who is of Samoan and Tokelauan descent was born with mild cerebral palsy. Cerebral Palsy is caused by damage to the developing brain and mainly effects people’s control over their body movements. It can make very simple everyday tasks extremely difficult. This has not stopped Felicia, and having already completed Wellington’s Round the Bays, Felicia is now ready for a bigger challenge “I have always dreamed of going to the New York Marathon but I’ve never had that self-belief up until I reached the finish line of Wellington’s Round the Bays.” This was no small feat for Felicia saying “I knew I had to keep going but at one point I just wanted to give up because my body couldn’t handle it anymore.”
She hopes that her big dreams will inspire others with disabilities to pursue opportunities beyond what they think is achievable. “I want to be a role model for people with big dreams. If I can do this, anyone can if they put their mind to it.”
Felicia will be going to New York as part of the Achilles New Zealand Team. The organisation helps people with disabilities participate in mainstream running events and is run entirely by volunteers. To support Felicia to get to New York you can donate by clicking here http://www.fundraiseonline.co.nz/FeliciaManase/