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  • The J.A.M.I.E. Group » Long overdue update
    going to actually get that fast This was just the beginning Each teammate varied on how long they ve been on the team Some whave been on since the late 90s and some have been on for just two years But most if not all were at the Paralympics in Beijing Some of my teammates are World Champions and at practice they are the ones that giving me advice and are helping me through my first track experience Unbelievable and I am grateful You can say I m learning from the best So to say the least I had a blast and discovered that the track is my new love when it comes to cycling You don t have to worry abut hills or bumps on the road or anything Just go fast and turn left Ha Very fun and I can t wait to do it again And forgot to mention how much US cycling team swag I got I loved it and was slightly overwhelmed but couldn t complain So much Nike gear and amazing new cycling outfits with USA on it Pretty cool if you ask me Practice lasted only four days When meeting my teammates they had no idea that it was my first time on the track and they said I did really well and that I impressed them I was relieved But soon after maybe just a short week after I was being flown to Guadalajara for the Para Pan American Games My first international competition Very thrilling exciting and I will remember it all forever I even walked down with the US Team to celebrate the opening ceremonies It was crazy Soo many performances and soo many athletes Definitely a proud moment The Day after that we were doing the Time Trail on the Road where I had to ride 24 miles in the middle of the city The roads in Guadalajara aren t so smooth either Thank goodness I brought my bike to Bicycle Sports Shop to give my Specialized Allez road bike that was given to me as a sponsorship for a checkup Let me just add that this bike is and has been amazing to me Such a great fit for me She does well on the road and she really proved herself on the bumpy brick roads in Mexico And thank goodness the service crew at BSS were able to sync my bike up to Dillo tires to secure them from dangerous terrain down there Thanks people at Bicycle Sports Shop You guys helped me out in my journey through the Para Pan American Games and I appreciate it Other than that I did well on the road and I did great on the track I competed in two different events on the track the pursuit 12 laps 3000 meters and the sprint 2 laps 500 meters Not the fastest one out there but definitely set my own personal record I gotta say it s crazy to think how

    Original URL path: http://thejamiegroup.org/2012/02/long-overdue-update/ (2015-03-26)
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  • The J.A.M.I.E. Group » Challenged Athletes Foundation – San Diego Triathlon
    new challenge distance triathlon with a 1 mile swim 44 mile bike and 10 mile run All told the Aspen Medical Products San Diego Triathlon Challenge raised more than 1 2 million to fund adaptive sports equipment training and competition expenses for individuals with physical challenges so they can live full and active lifestyles Jamie raced with a relay team representing The National Meningitis Association Mike LaForgia a meningitis survivor from New York did the 1 mile swim Anna who represented her boyfriend who is a meningitis survivor did the 10 mile run and Jamie did the 44 mile cycling course It was clearly a challenged course for Jamie 44 miles ugh I complain if I have to drive 44 miles But Jamie cycled the course and of course I was truly amazed The course was an array of obstacles beginning with fog and cold riding up to California coast to hills and I mean steep hills through the east side of La Jolla KC Jackie Levy and I were driving the pace car we drove next to her in front of her and behind her cheering her on and of course we were there if and when she needed to stop and take a break Take a moment a look at TJG facebook for all our pics we had a ball Again thanks Lynn Bozof and the National Meningitis Association to allow us to participate in such an amazing event and to once again bring attention to meningitis and to this vaccine preventable disease Well now to our next adventure Jamie will be in Los Angeles with the US Paralympic Cycling Team Jamie and the team are at track cycling camp at the LA velodrome If you re not aware of this amazing and I must say scary sport

    Original URL path: http://thejamiegroup.org/2011/11/challenged-athletes-foundation-san-diego-triathlon/ (2015-03-26)
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  • The J.A.M.I.E. Group » Confederation of Meningitis Organisation Conference – Paris, France
    hope to protect our loved ones The 3 day conference gave us an opportunity to understand this disease more and to learn of the issue other countries have It was very upsetting to know the effects of this disease in other countries But the conference also ignited another fire inside of us and to understand that there is still so much to do When you have an opportunity visit the JAMIE Group facebook page to see all the incredible people we met and all the fun time we had Speaking of fun times we couldn t be in Paris France yes I said PARIS FRANCE without extending our stay and so we did And by the way we had our own French speaking Private Tour guide Roni Schanbaum And did I mention Roni s roommate Courtney was able to join us Just before Jamie got sick Roni was a student in Paris and so now was our opportunity to see what that was all about Well we went and did it all riding on the Metro was an adventure and of course the Eiffel Tower Notre Dame The Lourve Sacre Coeur The Musee dOrsay a night ride on the Seine we saw a show at Moulin Rouge and more and more Jamie even had an chance to celebrate her 23rd birthday in Paris and of course Roni really got to help her celebrate and to show her the night life of Paris Yes there are lots and lots of pictures just none of Moulin Rouge HA Well we made it back safely and believe when I say there is nothing like home the good old USA Jamie of course will agree with that comment Today as I write this message our bags are packed ready to take us off to

    Original URL path: http://thejamiegroup.org/2011/10/confederation-of-meningitis-organisation-conference-paris-france/ (2015-03-26)
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  • The J.A.M.I.E. Group » december time!
    also driving on 35 watch out and I also walked into my class for the first time last week Everything is stupendous when it comes to taking notice at my progress But I also do something new everyday All thanks to St David s rehab who helped me get my back on my feet pun intended A year ago from today my family were looking for doctors anywhere that would help me save as much as they could for my limbs Because in Austin we were told that we were looking at amputating above the knee and at my forearm Pretty insain which makes me grateful that we found the connection to Doctor Linn who put me in multiple hyperbaric treatments to save more than we were told And another thanks to him because Doctor Linn was always saying to wait last minute more like 2 days until we amputate because by doing so we were able to add in more hyperbaric time to give more oxygen to my limbs which evidently saved as much as it did Thank you Doctor Linn With it being december and xmas time my family are going to Brownsville for some family time We re even going to make tamales yumm but its also going to be the first time to celebrate xmas with the Silvas because it has been a loooonnngg time since we have all celebrated xmas together and the first to make tamales together December time also means school final s to study for then old fiends come back in town for the break Im in the moment of studying but I know soon enough I will be with all of my friends from the A group Michelle Sarah Andy Cris Claire Molly and Julie I call them the A group

    Original URL path: http://thejamiegroup.org/2009/12/december-time-128/ (2015-03-26)
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  • The J.A.M.I.E. Group » Thank you!
    a huge success We don t know exactly how much we raised but it was a lot Maybe I ll post the final amount when we finally compile the numbers It s not that it s a complicated calculus its that now that we re done with the event in Dallas we re onto planning for the big event in Austin on February 27 But before we mentally leave the Dallas event we have someone we need to thank Regan Wagh came through for us in a big way helping arrange the venue for us at Liar s Den which by the way was a fantastic place to have the fundraiser She s wonderful I d also like to thank the amazing turnout from Jaime s Dallas based supporters I got to see lots of our friends and their families who of course are also our friends that showed up Jamie had a great time and there wasn t a walker to be seen Jamie walked around the event meeting all of her fans She s really getting quite good at working a crowded room Really I just wanted to say thanks to everyone that helped make the fundraiser a

    Original URL path: http://thejamiegroup.org/2009/11/1115-thank-you/ (2015-03-26)
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  • The J.A.M.I.E. Group » One Year Later
    right In December of 2008 we sent pictures to Houston in a last ditch effort to get someone anyone to give Jamie a second opinion about amputating her hands at the wrist and legs above the knee No one would take her except for Dr Lin in Houston Then in February after Jamie took about 50 drives in the hyperbaric chamber under Dr Lin s supervision we compared those December 2008 pictures with those taken in February and we saw the miracles that took place in the hyperbaric chamber Now Jamie is speaking about her experiences in front of large audiences and telling them about how far she s come and those same 2008 pictures are included in the video that plays before she speaks Jamie has made so much progress it s amazing After thinking that we were going to lose her whole hands Jamie is writing and drawing better than I ever could We have a long way to go before we re done in fact I ll be posting soon about the recommendations we got from Advanced Arm Dynamics about hand prosthetics and the amazing fundraiser we had for Jamie in Dallas last weekend She spoke at Shelton and at St Michael s She s been busy and I don t think she would want it any other way She and the rest of us owe a big debt to everyone out there who helped Jamie get back to her life This is our way of making sure that Jamie has the opportunities to return the favors Thank you all so much for following Jamie s journey It has been interesting to say the least Dramatic Fun I hope that no matter how dark things got we were able to handle things with a bit of levity

    Original URL path: http://thejamiegroup.org/2009/11/1113-one-year-later/ (2015-03-26)
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