On a cold December morning in 1980, Paula Feldman was swept off her feet by a gust of wind and landed on the hard ice. Eight months pregnant, she went into labor. Tamara Feldman was born a few hours later. Once the baby was home, a black cat wandered in and sat below her cradle. The cat never left the baby and would signal the adults when the baby cried. Tamara has always had an affinity for animals. At eleven she would sit in the park, unmoving for hours at a time, convincing a wild rabbit to let her pet it. On a horse ride through the Badlands of South Dakota, in the middle of December, a wounded Red Tail Hawk landed on her lap as she sat reading a book. Traveling through Botswana, she squatted in the grass near a wild elephant for an hour, almost being able to touch his trunk. Also in Botswana she met a Giant Eagle Owl who eventually let her stand next to him, nose to nose. This is Henry.
These are just a few stories showing Tamara’s love and connection with animals. In 2016 Tamara will deepen her connection with animals once again traveling by horse across America. It will be a test of true companionship and trust... and the challenge of a lifetime.
After her diagnosis tamara wanted to just lay in bed but she knew she had to put her mind and body to the test. On the internet she came across the story of a woman with Multiple Sclerosis that climbed Mt. Everest. She said it was hard. Really, really hard. She had to stop more than most people because of the extreme exhaustion that MS can bring. But she did it! That was the first inspiring story Tamara came across. It wasn't the last, but that was the one that got her thinking.
Because that one story helped her more than the dozens of informative articles about medicine, exercises, diets and prayers. That one story showed that against all odds we can still achieve our highest potential! If that story helped Tamara so much immediately she knew that she had to create her own story that could reach even more people and inspire more hope. Dreams are the best antidepressants money can’t buy. Tamara felt that by demonstrating that she wasn’t ashamed of having a degenerative illness then others who were newly diagnosed might not feel so alone. At the very least, if everything fails and she finds herself in a wheelchair in 10 years, she’ll have had one hell of an adventure! So with a lot of preparation and a little blind faith she calls out to inspire you to ride with her and take part in the journey of a lifetime. To complete a horse ride across this country, and film it, we’re going to need your help... saddle up!
RIDE WITH US.
If you would like to join the journey, please click the donate button above to help us with our supply list. All donations not directly used for the journey will be donated to Nancy Davis's "Race to Erase MS". To Learn more click the link below.