EVENT DATE: Oct 05, 2014
Please forgive my shameless Tom Petty allusion.
My dad, Alan Campbell, lost his fight with colon cancer in 2011. I realize that most of us believe we have the best fathers in the world, and while I'll make no such contentions, mine was pretty amazing. He spent his professional life working to improve the lives of children and adults in our community. He was a guidance counselor at Profile School in Franconia, NH and a domestic abuse counselor for the state of Vermont. For many summers he ran a student program maintaining trails in the White Mountains. He spent his little free time hiking 4000 footers, playing the fiddle and guitar, reading everything in sight, telling stories, and making everyone around him laugh.
Alan Campbell would do anything for a friend or neighbor in need. He gave more than one car (albeit probably a 100,000 miler - but a car nonetheless) to a struggling neighbor. He donated to local charities, participated in road races, and fervently believed in the powers of community and personal action. He did not value money, but he valued the impact that donations, whether of money or time or emotional support, make in the lives of those in need. He taught me to value this as well, and he encouraged me to never settle for the status quo.
My dad knew that I always wanted to run a marathon. I came close my summer after college graduation. He would drive around in his old red pickup truck on my long runs in the August heat to make sure I was doing okay. Sadly, he will never have the chance to see me cross a marathon finish line, but I am more determined than ever to comple those 26.2 miles. On October 5th, in my father's home state, I will run my first marathon in his memory and the many contributions he gave to the world in his too short life.
Before he died, he asked that all donations be made to a scholarship established in the memory of one of his students, Joey Altobelli, who lost his own fight with a rare children's cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma. This scholarship benefits graduates of Profile School who share Joey's (and Alan's) passion for life and gentle spirit. I greatly appreciate any and all donations to this cause - and all are welcome to cheer me on in Portland, ME.
Thanks so much in advance!