BENEFITING: CRADLES TO CRAYONS INC
ORGANIZER: CRADLES TO CRAYONS INC
EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 20, 2015
Let’s get something out there. I have never been a runner. Running has always terrified me. I’m not an athlete by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, my mom can recount the many times she watched my CYO basketball games, where instead of dribbling a ball or playing defense, I danced. Danced up and down the court, providing quality entertainment for everyone.
And now, 20+ years later, I’m still dancing, but I’ve also been able to find strength in running. In 2013, I was afforded an opportunity to donate my kidney to my Uncle John (he’s doing great!). At first it really terrified me, but because of it, I started to run. Running gave me the courage I needed to get through surgery and give someone so important to me a second lease on life.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve gained some courage and running experience along the way, but running the marathon…not just any marathon but the Boston Marathon, terrifies me. Really terrifies me...like more than donating a kidney terrified me. But, I am going to do it any way. Because there are tens of thousands of children who go without the basic things they need to thrive. Things like sneakers to run in, or coats to stay warm in, or books to read, or backpacks to go to school with. So I am running for them. I am running and fundraising on behalf of Cradles to Crayons, an organization that is so near and dear to me, not just because I am lucky enough to work for them, but because what we do impacts the lives of children everyday.
Now here comes that part everyone loves - time to shell out the dough. I ask from the very bottom of my heart that you please consider making a donation towards my efforts. Your dollars will help transform the lives of kids. Kids like Jimmy, a 6 year old who got his very first pair of brand new sneakers from Cradles to Crayons...now he gets to play with everyone else during recess, feels like he finally fits in with the kids in his class, and has dreams of being a professional athlete someday.
All of that, from a pair of sneakers.
I know so many people are at different financial capacities but I ask that you consider making a gift at the top of yours. If you don’t want to do it for me, do it for Jimmy...because that’s who I’m doing it for.
With love, Jill
"The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start."
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