Melissa Wells via Crowdrise
October 17, 2011
BENEFITING: Military Child Education Coalition
EVENT DATE: Oct 30, 2011
I run for lots of reason. Most days that I hit the ground running I do it simply because I love it. That simple joy might get me out there, but in all those moments I am alone on the road, I have a lot of time to think about the people and things most important to me. Being able to spend time thinking about my support system is a much needed reminder not to take any of the people closest to me for granted and to remember the important role they each play in my life. While too many of us take our health for granted, just as many of us take our support systems for granted.
There are few sacrifices as great as serving one's country, especially as a career and with such dedication to a most purposeful life. I am honored to have Allison (Quill) Fitzgibbon and her family in my life. Allison and I were Roanoke College soccer teammates and roommates and have remained close friends since. Her husband Captain Sean Fitzgibbon serves in the United States Army on the Trial Defense Council and is currently on his second deployment. He spent a year and a half in Afghanistan and is currently serving a one year deployment in Iraq. He and Allison have an almost 4 year old son, Aidan, and an almost 1.5 year old daughter, Riley.
Sean and Allison's family exemplify dedication and sacrifice. Even their children Aidan and Riley have and will continue to make sacrifices. The exposure that they will have firsthand to patriotism, values, work ethic, service, selflessness, and so much more will be some of the things to make their sacrifices worth it. However, many of the difficulties stemming from their Daddy's two deployments will forever be unknown to them because of their amazing, adventurous, loving, and selfless mother, Allison. Many moms, including me, might complain of the daily grind and of wanting more help from their husbands. Knowing Allison and her sacrifices, and being aware of the thousands of other military families doing the same, should put our daily lives into greater perspective.
The Military Child Education Coalition is focused on ensuring quality educational opportunities for all military children affected by mobility, family separation, and transition. Allison is an educator at heart, both from studying teaching in college and in her role as a mother. Being able to make a donation to the Military Child Education Coalition will honor Allison, her children, and of course her husband Sean.
Please consider helping me in this cause, whether even just $10 or maybe a $1 for every mile I will complete on Sunday October 30th. When I run the United States Marine Corps Marathon, the Fitzgibbon Family and their dedication to our country and our freedom will be at the forefront of my mind and will certainly help me to persevere.
Please visit http://www.militarychild.org/ to learn more about the Military Child Education Coalition and a variety of ways you can get involved.