Although we were not directly affected, 9/11 happened in our "backyard". I saw the attacks on tv in middle school, and my mother, a teacher, had to stay strong for her kids. We knew people who lost loved ones or were volunteering to help. I knew people who served overseas after the war began because of 9/11. The world changed after that day, and I feel we all did, as well. I became more concerned and more aware about the world, human rights, and our nation's issues. This year, my mother and I decided this would be our way of giving back and remembering what happened that day. We are new to the 5k, but better late than never. My family is one where we learn about what is happening in our nation and around the world. We talk about it, donate to causes, and spread awareness in whatever ways we can. We are doing something different this year, and we hope that you will support us by supporting our service members. Please donate whatever you can.