Cathy and Kim Ryan
On November 22, Kim and I will take on the Philadelphia Marathon just as our Mom had in 1983. A few years ago we made a pact to run the marathon together as a tribute to our Mom. We will be representing Team Tradition, runners raising funds for the Family Lives On Foundation. We would greatly appreciate any support, big or small to help us meet our goal of $1000. This is a cause very near and dear to our hearts.
Most often we see fundraising efforts for causes aimed to save a life, while those are very wonderful causes, we must not forget about the impact when a life lost. Whether it be sickness, violence, suicide, an accident, the outcome is always the same, loved ones are left mourning the loss of someone that can never be replaced. The loss of a parent (or caretaker) is especially difficult, particularly for a child.
Kim and I can testify to this firsthand because we lost our Mom in a terrible car accident in 1998 when we were 11 and 13 respectively. In a matter of just a few seconds, our lives were changed forever and we were left with a wound that would never fully heal.
Organizations like the Family Lives On Foundation, help bereaved children and teens through the grieving process with free counseling and support. The Tradition Program is nationally available to more than 2 million eligible young people living in the United States. Family Lives On Foundation serves the Philadelphia region.
Team Tradition fundraising page:https://www.crowdrise.com/PhillyMarathonforFami…/…/cathyryan
Family Lives On Foundation: http://www.familyliveson.org/
Please read the wonderful article about our Mom written by Cory Mull a couple years ago on PennLive.com
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