Friends, Family, and Everyone who receives this,
On November 5, I plan to be in one of my favorite cities in the world, running a marathon I've been trying to get into for years, and doing it all to support an amazing running program and a cause dear to my heart - Let Me Run!
So what is this Let Me Run anyway, you might be asking! Let Me Run is a program for young boys that promotes healthy lifestyles and encourages boys to be courageous enough to be themselves, all through the power of running. Let Me Run works to break the "Boy Code" in society that says boys should "man up" and "be tough" or worse, "stop crying like a girl." How can we raise healthy boys if we teach them to hide behind their emotions? And what does this mean for our girls in the long run? I am a mom of three sons, and I'd be lying if I said that a comment like this has never crossed my lips. It's true. Not one of my prouder mom moments. Thank goodness all three of my beautiful sons learned from Let Me Run that it's ok to show emotions, and it's ok to be true to themselves, not pretend to be someone they are not - and just as importantly: to be respectful to other people and their feelings. I am thankful to Let Me Run for teaching me a thing or two about raising boys.
For 8 years now, I've had the privilege to coach Let Me Run and be a part of this organization, from recruiting volunteers for our 5K race each fall and spring, to serving on the Board where I get to watch a very talented group of people work hard to make sure that Let Me Run can reach as many boys as possible.
From coaching, I see the impact this program has on boys, and it is JOYFUL! They learn about failures (even Michael Jordan didn't make his high school basketball team, and Colonal Sanders submitted that recipe for fried chicken over 1000 times before it was accepted, and did you know that Walt Disney was told early on that he wasn't creative enough?); they learn what happens when we hold in our emotions and get to demonstrate it with vinegar and baking soda (we've been known to make a huge mess of the sidewalk with this one); they learn by trying to put toothpaste back into the tube that we can't take words back once they are out; and a fun lesson on nutrition teaches them to count fat grams by using lard and hamburger buns. Believe me - it's ENTERTAINING to be a coach, and these boys have fun! (If you are interested in coaching, please contact me - I'm on the coach recruiting committee too and this would make the other committee members happy with me)!
So now you know all about Let Me Run, but you should know that I have a lofty goal of raising $5000.00 for Let Me Run. This allows LMR to reach more boys accross the USA! We just reached 10,000 boys last year and this spring we are on our way to making that number climb to 15,000. LMR doesn't like to turn any boy away, so money that we raise helps those boys whose family can't afford the cost, be able to participate - after all, these boys are our next generation, and they are worth it! Please consider donating to my page and help me raise $5000.00 or more!! And be sure to check out some of the pictures and videos I've posted.