The mission of Achilles Houston is to enable people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics in order to promote personal achievement, enhance self esteem, and lower barriers to living a fulfilling life.
We welcomes people of all disabilities, any age, with any level of fitness. We meet weekly to workout and all athletes are paired with an able-bodied volunteer for support. While we are mainly "runners" we encourage all types of sports to join us.
Achilles Houston is completely free for everyone. We will also cover all race fees and, when possible, transportation to races as well.
Achilles Houston is the local chapter of the larger non-profit, Achilles International, who has been serving those with disabilities around the world for almost 40 years.
Hi, I am Michael, a retired NASA engineer and blind athlete of Achilles International Houston. I have partnered with Achilles Houston to help train and guide me in undertaking my latest project. This project is a 4-day hiking trek along the classic Inca Trail to one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu, Peru (approximately 27 miles and scaling two nearly 14,000-foot mountain passes). I will be hiking with 2 guides from Achilles Houston and a guide from Colorado. The Trek is currently planned for June 2019 and is being hosted by Kandoo Adventures.
Ultimately, I want to document the larger story of my journey in the film "One Step at a Time." The goal of this documentary is to bring hope, inspiration and the joy of achievement to all through an impressive chronicle of determination and resiliency.
I have had several personal blind friends die much too early in their lives due to a compication of factors, including poor exercise and diet choices.
My hope is that this documentary will be seen by tens of thousands for years to come to empower the blind to live a healthier lifestyle through physical activities. Some of the activities I see the blind accomplishing after experiencing my documentary film include the following.
- Joining a gym or fitness center to improve overall health and fitness
- Walking/running in their neighborhoods, then getting involved in organized races
- Tandem bike riding
- Rock wall climbing
- Cross-country or downhill skiing
- Mountain hiking/backpacking
- Kayaking and river rafting
If you want to track my training, planning and progress, please follow my blog here: SeeNoBarriers.org
My three guides and I are paying all of our own expenses for this trek (travel, tour package, equipment, etc.). Funds received will go exclusively towards capturing, creating and distributing this film.
All donations are tax-deductible to Achilles International Houston, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
|Donor||Donation Amount||Donation Date||Comment|
|Sheri Arnold||$200.00||5/30/2019||Proud to support Denise's brother!!!|
|Rochelle Barrow||$50.00||5/27/2019||Blessings to you and your team for a safe and successful climb.|
|De'Anne Hite||$55.00||5/27/2019||I will be praying for you every step Michael!!|
|Marlys Laugsand||$100.00||5/27/2019||Yeah Michael and team|
|Yassir Serpa||$50.00||5/9/2019||My family wishes you the best! I saw your story on a flyer at Metropolitan Multi-Services Center. Very inspiring.|
|Alan McClelland||$50.00||5/1/2019||What an adventure and great purpose!|
|Anonymous Donor||$110.00||4/22/2019||God speed my friend!|
|Susan Farb Morris||$100.00||4/1/2019|
|Dee Dee Dochen||$100.00*||4/1/2019|
|Anonymous Donor||$50.00||3/24/2019||What an adventure! Good luck!|
|Susie Askanase||$100.00||3/21/2019||I can't wait to follow you on this exiting & courageous adventure!|
|Karla Schritter||$25.00||3/15/2019||I’m so glad I had the opportunity to meet and hike with you in Moab. I am cheering you, Janice, and your whole team on to Machu Picchu!|
|Karen Burnett||$50.00||3/14/2019||Wishing you the best Michael on your adventure|
|Jewish Family Service||$1,000.00*||2/14/2019|
|Denessa Haudek||$100.00||11/28/2018||Can’t wait to hear about this hike and see the video! So proud of you and the example you are for others!|
|Anonymous Donor||$25.00||8/16/2018||Best wishes on your hike, Michael.|
|Patrick Maloney||$50.00||8/15/2018||God bless you on your journey.|
|* offline donation|