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OVERCOMING OBSTACLES: After being diagnosed with osteopenia, a type of bone deterioration that is the precursor to osteoporosis, Teri Twarkins Kelley completed her first Ironman, which included a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run.

osteopenia, a type of bone deterioration that is the precursor to osteoporosis. “As if I would let anything stop me from living my life.”  About 18 months after her diagnosis, Kelley completed her first Ironman, which included a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run. This race, which helped her stave off the symptoms of the osteopenia, led to four more such competitions over the next three years, including participating in World Championship Ironman in Hawaii in 2011. So, after all this, Kelley must have been satisfied – and ready to take a break from anything? Not by a long shot. In fact, the two biggest “anythings” in her life (so far) were still

to come, in the form of having her children and embarking on the local Girl Scouts’ “Campaign for Girls in Arizona,” a five-year, $18-million fundraising campaign to make it possible to significantly expand and enhance the Girl Scout experience for more girls, culminating in the building and opening of The Bob and Renee Parsons Leadership Center for Girls and Women at Camp South Mountain in 2017. “The Parsons Leadership Center represents all it means to be a girl and a G.I.R.L. – gogetter, innovator, risk taker and leader – in this community,” says Kelley, who took on the role of GSACPC board chair just months after its opening. And what a first few months it has been.

“We were so proud to launch our newest signature event this year – Badge Bash – an ‘un-gala’ of sorts, where guests bring their own ‘troop’ of friends to The Parsons Leadership Center to test their skills at earning fun badges and patches, as well as enjoying a night of food, drinks and entertainment,” says Kelley. “And, we just successfully celebrated the International Day of the Girl on October 11 locally in a big way — by raising $1 million in less than 24 hours to support local girls through the Campaign for Girls.” So, what’s next for Kelley? “In case you missed it, I am up for anything,” says Kelley, noting she’s added mountain biking to her repertoire in recent months.  AzBusiness Angels | 83

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