The Nicole Daune Foundation is extremely proud and excited to announce that Andy Buchta, a good friend of the Jackson family, will be participating in Ironman Florida 2013. On November 2, 2013, Andy will compete in a grueling triathlon in Panama City Beach where he will swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and then finish off the day by running a full marathon of 26.2 miles.
In 2003 The World Triathlon Corporation, founder of the Ironman competitions, began The Ironman Foundation. A certified 501(c)3 charitable organization, The Ironman Foundation provides athletes with the opportunity to race for the non-profit of their choice and "provide[s] athletes with a comprehensive fundraising toolkit that will assist in their charitable journey."
Ironman Andy's Story
After having successfully completed seven “Ironman” (IM) triathlon events, including a personal best time in Lake Placid 2010 (10:00:08) which qualified me to compete in the World Championships held in Kona, Hawaii that same year, I decided to retire from racing in Ironman events. Despite the fact that triathlons are a passion for me, and Ironman events in particular, I found that I could only justify participating in one again if it was combined with an effort to help others.
The loss of Nicole was difficult for many who know the Jackson family, including myself and my own family. It helped put life into perspective and reminded me of the importance of family and friends. While training for a sporting event like the Ironman can be grueling and relentless, it pales in comparison to the challenges faced by young people today. Nicole’s spirit lives on through the work of the NDJ Foundation and it can use some additional financial support which I hope you will help me provide.
Andy is dedicating what may be his final Ironman event ever to the memory of Nicole Jackson and hopes to raise $5000 for the Foundation's Camp Coley. Please click on the link below to visit his fundraising page and consider giving a donation to honor the memory of Nicole Jackson as well as the extraordinary efforts of one of the people who was so affected by her passing.