With apologies to my mom, who always told us we “should never hate anything other than Sin and the Devil”, I also hate, hate, HATE to run! I’ll play tennis for hours but detest everything about running just for the sake of running. I’m not especially proud of this but, truth be told, I really don’t even care to walk much unless I have to. Not a fan of the brisk night air walk or the strolling leisure walk; as far as I’m concerned, it’s just a necessary means to get me from Point A to Point B. I’ve never wanted to run for the sake of exercise, health or competition and the closest I ever get to a “Runner’s High” is when I have to walk up two flights of stairs. Okay. One. One flight of stairs. However, perspective is quite the powerful “attitude adjustment” tool and mine has changed quite a bit since our daughter was paralyzed from the waist down almost 3 years ago. Nowadays, I don’t complain when I have to stand in line at the Post Office, I don’t circle a parking lot looking for a spot close to the door and I always take my buggy back to the Cart Corral. Every single time. Sometimes I even take the stairs on purpose. Now don’t get me wrong … I still think running sucks and I don’t know that I will ever, ever make my peace with it. But, one thing I do know for undeniably, absolutely, positively, 100% sure … NOT being able to run sucks a whole lot more!!
When I entered the online lottery for the Peachtree Road Race my original intention was to give my number away (IF I even got one) to someone who didn't get in. I had NO plans of participating but figured I'd get a kick out of being the "Entry Fairy" for the first sad runner I heard lamenting their exclusion. But, when I got my "Congrats - You're IN" email, it came with info about the "first time ever" partnership with Crowdrise and a chance to "make your race count." I never dreamt anything worthwhile could come of running but between actually getting a number AND a chance to parlay this into something good, I knew it was time for me to get moving. Literally. Sooo, I’m going to be joining the masses in the 2012 AJC Peachtree Road Race and just like when our kids used to have Rock-a-Thons and Jump-a-Thons in school, I’m making this event a Fundraiser for the Shepherd Center Foundation. All monies raised will be donated to Shepherd’s Patient Care Fund to help future patients receive the same generosity and quality of care Kacey was fortunate enough to get. And in much the same way that Spinal Cord Injury recoveries are celebrated in (literal and figurative) steps big and small, donations of ALL sizes are welcomed and appreciated! Please scroll down to the bottom of this page to "Christina's Fundraisers" and click through to learn more about why I'm doing this and ... if you're so inclined while you're there ... make your secure, tax deductible donation to THE SHEPHERD CENTER FOUNDATION. Thanks SO much, from the bottom of my heart ... and my not-so-fleet feet! :)
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