Team Julia is tough. That’s why we have representation at this year’s Tough Mudder outside Seattle, WA. And one of the best people we can think of to represent us there is Brian Porteous. His story is compelling. In fact, there was a time when participating in a Tough Mudder was completely unrealistic given Brian’s fight for his life. Seeing him compete in this event and dedicate it to the work of Team Julia is a true inspiration. In a recent blog post, here’s how Brian announced his participation in the Tough Mudder:

On October 6, I am joining a team that is participating in the Tough Mudder Race in Auburn, Wa. This event wasn’t even on the radar until a good friend of mine invited me to join his team. At that moment, and over a nice glass of IPA I might add, the idea sounded ridiculous and totally within reach at the same moment. At the time I was training to train, but this gave me purpose. Those of you with a competitive spirit know what kind of mental switch takes place when you prepare for competition rather than simply maintain a training schedule.

The Tough Mudder is a 10-12 mile race, peppered with intense military style obstacles that are tougher on the mind than the body, but the body has to be ready. So for what it’s worth I’ve been training, hoping that my my body and my mind are ready.

This isn’t the end of the story however. A good friend of mine has started a charity foundation called Team Julia. It is a non-profit agency that raises money for cancer victims as well as cancer research. Team Julia works through race participants to encourage people to donate money. So far Team Julia has represented Ironman participants and complete Ragnar teams among other races. Now it is time to add the Tough Mudder to the list of Team Julia events.

So many of you donated generously when my family was in great need. I know the financial burden of treatment, loss of pay from missing work, and unforeseen costs related to serious illness. If you are willing and able, please consider donating to Team Julia as my sponsor for the Tough Mudder.

I can’t thank all of you enough for your support over the years. Your prayers are felt, your well wishes heard…now it’s my turn.

Yes, Brian. It’s your turn. We’re honored to be associated with you — one tough mudder!


To make a tax-deductible donation to Team Julia on Brian’s behalf, please go here. Thank you!

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