InvisiYouth Celebrity Ambassador Competing on Dancing with the Stars Season 25

September 18, 2017

The entire InvisiYouth Charity Family is beyond excited to be cheering on our very first InvisiYouth Celebrity Ambassador, ESPN correspondent and Paralympic medalist Victoria Arlen as she competes for the mirror ball trophy on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, starting tonight, 8pm EST.

As one half of the now #TeamViVa, Victoria is partnered with two-time winner of DTWS, Val Chmerkovskiy, and the two have been blowing up social media with their infectious laughter and fun dance parties at their dance rehearsals. The 22-year-old former Paralympic swimmer, who is also a correspondent on ESPN, will definitely be taking her uplifting personality and athletic training mindset into the competition as she competes to take home the mirror ball.

For InvisiYouth Charity, it is an amazing opportunity to watch our ambassador showcase her story of fighting through health struggles and trying to always push herself to reach new goals for her health and life.

The entire USA will be empowered by Victoria’s story as well as her beautiful spirit on life, just like all of us at InvisiYouth were when we were introduced to Victoria last spring.  You can learn more about her story and why Victoria is our ambassador on our website here.

Victoria Arlen empowers so many young people at InvisiYouth Charity.  We adore her passion to give back and motivate others how to build each other up and support each other through health struggles and chronic illness.  She has relearned how to use so much of her body after her illness, like walking and talking, so to see her competing on DWTS, showing the world how you can adapt and achieve in life makes InvisiYouth super proud.

For those of our teens and young adults living with visible or invisible illnesses, Victoria Arlen is such a prime example of how to find your own way in life, to adapt to make sure you can continue conquering and achieving your dreams.

One message that makes her such a true role model as an InvisiYouth Ambassador is her understanding that teens with chronic illnesses need to have support, to know they are not alone in their experiences and can learn from each other.  We hope more teens with illness will learn this from watching Victoria on DWTS!

Now…if you want to get on the InvisiYouth support team for Team ViVa, take down their voting number, and get it on speed dial! 1-800-868-3413!  We want to see Victoria and Val in the finals.  So vote, vote, vote!!

And we want to hear from all of you too! Tell us on TwitterFacebook or Instagram what makes you motivated by Victoria and we’ll share it on social media!

 

And the Total is in! InvisiYouth’s Charity Teams for England’s Superhero Disability Triathlon Raised a Total of…

By Dominique Viel

September 8, 2017

After months of fundraising, campaigning with family and friends and online through our GoFundMe Page, InvisiYouth’s Charity Teams that participated in England’s first inclusive disability adaptive triathlon have ended their fundraisers.

We received donations online and donations in the mail and on our website’s donate page too! We are happy to announce that our Charity Teams fundraised a grand total of $1,000!

All these funds are going directly into building InvisiYouth’s new illness management tools and programs that will give back to so many teens and young adults with chronic illnesses.

These tools and programs will be unique, showing a wide older youth illness and disability community all the life hacks and tips to navigate life while living with illness, or as we call it, the non-medical side to medial experiences. 100% these donations are going to help build them!

Each of our teams competed in three sports at the Olympic Dorney Lake in Windsor, England: swimming, running and cycling.  Different teams of people with disabilities and chronic illnesses came out from across the country, along with their supporters of friends and family (and sometimes dogs too), all who worked together to complete these events.

InvisiYouth Charity loves supporting disability sports and the way adaptive athletics can play such a critical role in the life of a teen and young adult living with chronic illness and disability.

It is a way to get them back into a routine, physical therapy, and teamwork mentality. It is a powerful force that needs more attention and support group to it!

Our teams consisted of lifelong friends, and competitive athletes in university, supporting their friend with a rare disease. Another team was filled with family members and siblings.

And we even had a married couple that are passionate physiotherapists and exercise therapists who want to work with InvisiYouth to train and bring adaptive sports to more older youth across England.

One InvisiYouth Team member, 21-year-old university student Katy Baker, felt the benefits of being part of Superhero Series Triathlon.

“[The Superhero Tri] proved that people like me, with chronic illness, can take part in sports with their family and friends,” said Baker. 

Watching our teams cross the finish line at the Superhero Triathlon was unlike anything we could have experienced. So much joy and excitement from accomplishing their goal, and watching all the other youth, families, friends and supporters crossing the finish line and earning their medal.

It is clear to say that anyone can get so motivated watching such a strong group of people competing in all types of sport!

Now…InvisiYouth Charity is happy to announce that we will also be part of the next Superhero Series event, the Winter WonderWheels on December 3rd at Dorney Lake once again!  This will be a massively festive disability adaptive sporting event where anyone can cycle, walk, run, push/be pushed around Dorney Lake for different distance challenges: 1km, 5km or 10km!

AND WE NEED YOU TO JOIN OUR TEAMS!

We want to have a full set of teams so if you want to compete with friends and family FOR FREE, contact us, and we will sign you up for a fun and festive event to end 2017!