BENEFITING: LADIES UNION BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION
I run long distances strictly for enjoyment. Yes, running offers many health benefits, but one saying that describes my love of running goes: "I don't run to add days to my life; I run to add life to my days." That is why I am so excited about my training for the Rocky Raccoon 100-Mile Endurance Run to be held on February 5th-6th near Huntsville, Texas. Not every person has the leisure time or the resources to run for pleasure. Many families in the St. Joseph community get caught in a day-by-day battle for survival. Difficult economic circumstances as well as unwise personal choices turn families upside-down, usually with the kids at the bottom of the pile. Children are the true victims when a family is in crisis. As a teacher in our public schools, I can offer ample testimony to the hardship and suffering so many of our youngsters face. In some cases, the parents are dealing with difficult circumstances as best they can, while in many other cases, children endure unimaginable abuse and neglect. "For more than 110 years, the Noyes Home has been a place where a child who is facing a family crisis feels safe, and can just be a child, until the family is able to get back on its feet. The Noyes Home is a place where a family facing eviction or a job loss can talk about their next steps with professionals while their children are cared for with kindness and compassion -- for a few days, or a couple of weeks, while they find a solution." (http://noyeshome.org) Today I ask you to consider making a financial donation to the Noyes Home based upon the number of miles I run at the Rocky Raccoon Ultramarathon. Your gift of a dime, a quarter, or even a dollar for every mile I run during the race will go directly to the Noyes Home. This is not a sponsorship; I am funding my own expenses associated with this race. Running 100 miles is not easy. I have run numerous other ultramarathons of distances ranging from 50 kilometers to 100 miles, and even the most experienced, well-prepared runners face multiple ups and downs during the course of a race. Some of the “downs” are physical, as the body is enduring extreme stress, but the deepest of the depths are mental, especially while running for hours on end in complete darkness. Knowing that my efforts to complete this race will serve as a link between your generosity and the material and emotional needs of countless youths will motivate me to run this race to the finish regardless of the discomfort involved. Again, thank you for your consideration in this matter. I ask you to donate generously to the Noyes Home, and to ask your friends, family, and associates to do the same.