Sam Felsenfeld via Crowdrise
April 06, 2011
BENEFITING: BREAST HEALTH AWARENESS FOUNDATION
EVENT: San Francisco Marathon 2011
EVENT DATE: Jul 31, 2011
I'm proud to say that I'm a charity runner. In 2010, I ran 61 full marathons and a pair of ultramarathons in honor of my severely autistic 7-year-old son, Jack, to raise money and awareness for a charity called Train 4 Autism, an endeavor I named Operation Jack. While autism will always be a cause that's very near to my heart, this year I'm also focusing on another area that needs fighting.
On January 30 of this year, a friend of mine from my small group at church, Sue Dailey, lost her battle with cancer. It was very difficult for me to come to terms with and it was painful to see her husband and children suffer through the process. I knew I wanted to use my abilities to help fight cancer, and I'm excited that The San Francisco Marathon has given me an opportunity to try to make something happen.
I'll be proudly running to benefit the Be Aware Foundation and the American Institute for Cancer Research. I'm going to be a charity chaser, starting dead last and collecting pledges for each person I pass. Based on last year's results and my anticipated finish time, I expect that I'll pass 3,800 people. But I'll be gunning for everybody. Every person I pass is more money raised for those two great organizations. Quite simply put, the more money raised, the more lives are saved.
I'm doing this in honor of Sue. I wouldn't be doing it if not for her. This is a chance to use my abilities and run myself into the ground and help her continue to have an impact here in this world. Every step I take in training will be for her. I can't wait to give it all I have on July 31.
Please consider making a pledge to support this great cause!
1 Peter 4:10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms.