Challenged Athlete Foundation (C.A.F.)
Running for those who can't.
Thomas Bassano is a normal blue collar worker from 8 to 5 Monday through Friday, But after 5 he runs in the house and throws on his shorts and sneakers and runs for hours. This may seem normal but it is far from normal, Tom runs impossible distances for charities. Tom ran across the United States 2961 miles averaging 60 miles a day for 48 days straight to raise awareness of child predators and raised thousands of dollars for a child advocacy center. After that he ran 100 miles non-stop for Big Brothers and Big Sisters raising thousands for them while wearing worn out sneakers because he could not afford to buy a new pair at the time. Recently his Mom was diagnosed with cancer and seeing her fight for her life sent him out on the road again to run 202 miles in 48 hours nonstop no sleep, 8 weeks later he was running 100 miles for Haiti in below freezing temperatures. This guy has come home in the morning on a cold day in January freezing and wet because he pulled a man and his daughter out of a lake they had driven into, he said it was no big deal anyone would have done it...there were other people there it was him who went in the freezing water to save them. Tom gives alot to the world and if you ask him what he wants for his birthday he says, "brownies". Tom gives his all to make the world a better place and has never profited even a penny from it.The greatest thing is that he has three children that adore him and he has been a great role model so with any luck there will be three more just like him in this world.
Tom has floated around from charity to charity helping out many, Tom found a Charity that captured his heart, Challenged Athlete Foundation, because of his never give up attitude in ultra running he was captivated watching paraplegic and limbless athletes doing the Iron Man here was a bunch of people who had every excuse to give up, people who had the right to be taken care of, but no these people not only take care of themselves but they do things that most humans cant do. After watching the Iron Man Tom found himself running a 100 mile Race next to Amy W. Palermo a ultra runner amputee who finished the race with only 1 leg in less then 24 hours. Tom met with C.A.F. Challenged Athlete Foundation shortly after and is now going to Break 3 ultra running records in 24 hours at the Get Fit 4 Charity Event on July 15th and 16th of 2011 Tom will step on a treadmill in front of a live audience and set the treadmill to run at 8 mph for 24 hours first he will break the most miles run in 12 hours then the fastest 100 miles after breaking those 2 records he will continue to break the record of 160.2 miles in 24 hours inspired by those who never give up. Tom has been encouraged by a 9 year above the knee double amputee triathlete named, Cody McCasland who has traveled the country giving hope and encouragement to other challenged athletes and our returning injured soldiers. Tom recently wrote " I walked A mile with A Marine, Lance Corp. Justin Gaertner, who had never walked that far on his legs because he just got them 3 weeks ago the ones he was born with are still in Afghanistan, The day before that I raced Cody McCasland listening to him laugh the whole way he is older then his legs because the ones he was born with were amputated. Cody walked with Lance Corp. Gaertner encouraging him along the 1 mile walk in 90 degree weather. Please go to www.getfit4charity.com Donate a dollar or more you lose a couple of bucks they get running legs you feel good they feel great." Tom believes in C.A.F. because over 90 percent of there donations go directly to the athletes helping those who help themselves. He said one of the things he likes the most is he can see the difference the donations make unlike so many charities that are for research and may never show any progress C.A.F. has daily progress changing lives everyday. Tom has found a home and will Never Give Up.