Brett Anderson Memorial 2015
Organized by: Nate Anderson
EVENT DATE Jun 27, 2015
On December 19, 2009 my cousin, Brett Anderson, passed away at age 24 due to an undiagnosed heart condition known as Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes (SADS). The incredible loss of Brett will continue to weigh heavily as long as we live, but it is my goal to draw inspiration from Brett and his memory.
One of my favorite quotes of Brett's is 'We live in order to change someone else's life'. It was written in a journal of his - just a note to himself. I think of this phrase often in relation to how I've been changed by my relationship with Brett and how I consider ways that I can in turn 'live to change someone else's life.'
On June 27th I’ll run my first marathon – 26.2 miles of trails near Aspen, CO. This effort is far outside of anything I have considered before, but one that my memory of Brett has inspired me to do. I want to be the athlete I dream that I could be, the way that he was. I want to embrace physical challenges while being thankful that I’m able to do so. I want to run for him because he can’t, for my own health and to inspire my sons.
I started this fundraising site so that we can work together to change sick kids’ lives through Brett’s memory. I will take all of the money we raise by the day of my run (June 27) and donate it in Brett’s name to Children's Hospital Colorado. The money will be specifically designated to help kids with heart problems. If we are able to raise $1000, then we will have his name engraved on a wall near the chapel called 'Remembering those who have touched our lives'.
I understand that you may not be in a position to contribute much money and that’s ok! Even contributing $10.00 would be a wonderful show of support that we can work to change someone else’s life. I hope we can all live lives that are inspired by Brett’s memory and work to change other people’s lives for the better.