Tequesta's Jacqui Kapinowski Rowing for Paralympic Gold

Jacqui Kapinowski overcoming rare disease

By: Emerson Lotzia

Juno Beach, Fla. -- A Tequesta woman battling a one-in-a-million disease is not slowing down on her road to a gold medal.

52-year-old Jacqui Kapinowski, bound to a wheelchair for 18 years, is the nation's No. 1 adaptive rower. In two weeks she'll embark on the journey of a lifetime to Aiguebillet, France, where she'll race in the World Rowing Championships. If she can secure a top-eight finish, she'll earn a trip to the Paralympics next summer in Rio.

Her trip to France will cost $10,000, which is why she's asking for your help. To make a donation and to learn more about Jacqui's battle with "Stiff Person's Syndome" please visit JacquiKapinowski.com .

You can watch Jacqui's story in the video above.