Lorissa Mahoney via Crowdrise
October 28, 2012
BENEFITING: FLYING KITES
ORGANIZER: FLYING KITES
EVENT DATE: Nov 04, 2012
At midnight on January 7th 2011 I started the longest and most difficult day of my life. As we climbed the final 8 hours to the summit of Kilimanjaro we faced a tough climb that felt nearly impossible. When it seemed like every ounce of energy was drained, we were instructed to climb another 6 hours back down the mountain. During some of the most difficult moments on Kili I was inspired by 21 amazing kids I had the great pleasure of meeting the week before. The children of Flying Kites have faced more hardship in their young lives than most of us will see during our entire lives. Flying Kites has given them a safe environment to be loved and to thrive. Thoughts of them forced me to put my own life into perspective and to feel grateful for the pain I was experiencing. The memory of their laughter and sheer joy was the greatest inspiration for the challenges on the mountain and throughout life.
A few months later I ran the Boston Marathon for another charity. Training for the marathon was not something I enjoyed, however, the marathon itself was one of the biggest highlights of my life. For those of you who read my emails from Kenya, you may remember that while I genuinely believe everyone can and should climb Kilimanjaro once, I would probably never put myself through that summit climb a second time. During celebratory drinks after the marathon my mom asked me, "So if you had to do one again, would you pick Kili or a marathon" and without hesitating I answered Kili!! But......
On November 4th I will be running the NYC Marathon for Flying Kites. Most of you know I'm a hopeless dreamer, or some of you might (more accurately) say I'm just reckless. So I guess it's no big surprise that when the two most incredible experiences of my life came together to form a perfect storm, I jumped in feet first. During some of my more acrimonious moments in this training I find my thoughts drifting to the kids again and the idea that hopefully another child at Flying Kites will be sponsored because I was provided this unique and challenging opportunity.
Please consider donating to this wonderful cause, whatever your amount I promise you it means more to me than I could ever express. Also, check out my video, on the left, that hopefully explains how/why these kids inspire me.