Sunday, May 10, 2015

Relay Recap

We met our goal of $30,000! With 21 runners and over 200 people donating, this year's relay for Rachael was the biggest success yet! Not to mention that my team from Apple Pie Ridge came in third overall for the Big Sur International Marathon Relay, hopefully one of these years we can take first! My runners worked so hard to raise money for my ongoing rehab costs and for this I am forever grateful. Without getting movement every day I would have nothing. Thank you runners for waking up way too early on a Sunday morning, braving the wind of Highway one and for putting one foot in front of the other for me.

To the 200 people who donated this year, thank you. I look at the list and see the names of my friends and I am overwhelmed by the support that year after year keeps growing. I'm excited to be purchasing some new rehab equipment with this year's donations. My Nu-Step recumbent bike should be here shortly, I will be able to exercise on my own, and frankly I'm sick of everybody and could really use some alone time! I will also be getting the Galileo whole body vibration platform to rattle my body everyday. My rehab is the most important, thank you for supporting me on my long road to recovery.

"Does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop." Confucius

The runners!

Celebrating at the finishline.

After the first leg of the relay.

Hanging out at the 3rd leg hand off.

Hurricane Point

The finishline!

Kodi after running the full marathon.

Hanging at the finishline!




Friday, April 17, 2015

"Astronaut" training


Last fall I was introduced to Bob and Marilyn Hamilton and the Galileo (thank you Domini). I like to call it "astronaut training". Bob and Marilyn are the U.S. medical distributor for Galileo and they live in the Carmel Highlands, go figure! I feel so fortunate that our paths have finally crossed. Marilyn was paralyzed 35 years ago in a hang gliding accident and has been charging ahead ever since...for more info on Marilyn click here.

The Galileo is a "side-alternating" whole body vibration (WBV) device for intense muscle training, different from a power plate, in that it moves the hips in an oscillating pattern similiar to our gait (walking) cycle and stimulates all the muscles up the legs and core. A three minute Galileo Training at 18 Hertz corresponds to 3240 muscle contractions! That is alot of movement in my body that I have not been able to get with any other exercise. Check out for more on Galileo.Once a week I have been going to Bob and Marilyn's house and train on their Galileo tilt table. Just last week my legs activated with the vibration on and I was able to weight-bear on my own, and this is from using it just once a week! I want to use it everyday! Thanks to the generous support of my community and all the hard work from the runners for the Relay for Rachael I am hoping to purchase one for my home, another exercise to throw into the mix that will make a big difference!

Loco Coco is doing a pasta dinner in celebration of the 5th annual relay on Friday, April 24th at the American Legion in Carmel. Tickets are available to purchase for $35, all proceeds go towards helping with my physical therapy costs. More info here: Sunday is race day! Join us at the finish line around 9:30 AM at Rio Road in Carmel to cheer the runners in. It's not too late to donate to your favorite team or runner, go to for more information.

Thank you Thank you Thank you

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Relay for Rachael 2015

The fifth annual Relay for Rachael, it is hard to believe... since I woke up in the hospital paralyzed from the neck down in 2010, I have been working everyday to gain my movement back. This is only possible because I have an amazing community of friends and family who are willing to go out, run hard and raise money for me. It is uncomfortable for me to ask for help, but I am learning that people want to help. I see the happiness on people's faces when they see my strength coming back, and this makes me happy, I am excited for the changes ahead. It is a tough world and I feel so grateful that everyday I am getting stronger. Everyday I am one step closer to stepping again...

This year I have 20 runners, 5 relay teams running in the Big Sur Marathon, along with a good friend who is running the full marathon! This is the 5th annual Relay for Rachael and we are stronger than ever with the most runners yet. The goal is to be the fastest team and raise the most money to help with my physical therapy costs. 6 days a week, 4 hours a day I work out with my trainer and this is possible because of people like you who donate to my recovery. Over the past year I feel the strength all over my body returning, my arms and hands are becoming more useful, my rehab is working! The runners are training hard and hit highway 1 on Sunday, April 26th to run their hardest for my recovery and I am forever grateful for their amazing support and yours!


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Photo news from Rachael...

  I recently just curated my first official show at the Center for Photographic Art where I also serve on the Board of Trustees. It has been an honor and a pleasure to work with such great photographers and a wonderful organization. If you've never been to the CPA in Carmel now is your chance, it is the Central Coast’s only non-profit photography center focused on promoting a broader understanding of photography’s visual, emotional and social impact in our community not to mention Ansel Adams and Brett Weston were a couple of the original founders back in 1967.

About the show...

Next Generation
Photographs by Kodiak Greenwood, Michelle Magdalena and Zach Weston Curated by Rachael Short
March 14th through May 9th, 2015
"Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow."—Imogen Cunningham
The future of photography is changing faster than ever. With over a billion digital images uploaded daily, our world has never been more photographed. Looking towards the Next Generation, what will the future of photography look like?
Here on the Monterey Peninsula, film and wet darkrooms are still alive as new generation fine art photographers Kodiak Greenwood, Michelle Magdalena and Zach Weston both continue and expand upon the legacy of the great West Coast photographers who pioneered this medium and evolved its traditions before them.

Next Generation spotlights the work of these three emerging artists and exposes the rawness that so effortlessly yet individually distinguishes their images. Kodiak is inspired by the rugged beauty of the Big Sur coast that has been his home since birth. Michelle's images emanate femininity derived from the natural form. Zach continues in the footsteps of his father Kim, grandfather Cole, great-uncle Brett and great-grandfather Edward, creating soulfully composed images and perfectly crafted prints. For all three young artists, film is still preferred over digital, the land and sea are ever-stirring muses, and the innate beauty of the female body is timeless. —Rachael Short, Exhibition Curator

Thursday, November 13, 2014

11.13.14 - Living In Light

Poof, here I am again, the crash-iversary... 

It is hard to believe that I have not felt sand between my toes in four years, it feels like yesterday and it always will until I feel the sand again. It is also hard to believe that people walk the beach in shoes!

Another year down, my re-birth has feeling and strength slowly returns to my body I feel that anything is possible and this is just the beginning.  I am excited for the future.

"Travel light, live light, spread the light, be the light." -Yogi Bhanjan

Here are links to some good things going on out there to help with the fight against paralysis:

This isn't just my struggle and I am forever grateful for the love and support I receive from my friends and family everyday.  BE THE LIGHT. **************PO Box 6445, Carmel Ca 93921 831.238.0127 ...BE THE LIGHT**************

Monday, October 20, 2014

10.20.14 - Gallery and Good Times.

It is hard to believe that EXPOSED has been open for 5 years already, and it has been almost 4 years since my spinal cord injury.  I am proud to say that my passion for photography and sharing other local artist's work with the community remains strong and has not lessesned since my accident but has become greater and more meaningful.  Here is to another 5 years of photography, community and friends! Our 5 year anniversary show will be up through the Winter so please come by and check it out.  More info at

The artists at the opening on September 26th, 2014.  From left to right: Evynn LeValley, Rachael Short, Michelle Magdalena, Camille Lenore, Emily Birmingham. **************PO Box 6445, Carmel Ca 93921 831.238.0127 ...BE THE LIGHT**************

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

05.06.14 - Relay Recap.

Results are in! Team Townies won placing 8th over-all for the relays in the Big Sur International marathon!

Team Apple Pie came in 16th over-all and Team Pfeiffer would have come in 20th for female relay but we accidentally registered them as mixed relay!  Aengus came in 5th place for his age group and Kodiak finished faster than he had hoped, under 4 hours.  

What an amazing group of runners and the donations are still coming in!  Currently we are at $19,822 that is including $2000 from the dinner, almost double the money raised in the past years!  I am over-whelmed by the support of my runners and the community who year after year helps me with my physical therapy costs.  I will make you proud.

Thank you to the runners!! 
Team Apple Pie Ridge: Luke Perkins, Lacey Sutton, Shelby Hawthorne, Marcos Ortega, Chris Mazurek

Team Pfeiffer Ridge: Kendra Morgenrath, Jessica Pinney, Heather Perry, Keely Richter, Chelsea Davey

Team Townies: Brian Rossini, Jon Jonsson, Sarah Brabeck, Ryan Commons, Karen Commons

The Marathoners: Aengus Wagner and Kodiak Greenwood

To the HUNDREDS of people who donated, I wouldn't be where I am today without you!!

Check out Brian Rossini's blog, one of the team townies runners at for more photos and info about the relay. **************PO Box 6445, Carmel Ca 93921 831.238.0127 ...BE THE LIGHT**************