BENEFITING: American Red Cross
Last spring I ran a marathon. It was utter hell. I have never worked so hard in my entire life or been as exhausted. I swore to myself I would never run another. However, consider what a privileged life I've led that voluntarily running 26.2 miles is the hardest, most hellish thing I've ever been through. Many, many people are not so lucky. Every day there are people losing their homes to war and natural disasters. People are injured, desperate, hungry, and without a place to turn. That's where the Red Cross comes in. Its vision statement is: "The American Red Cross, through its strong network of volunteers, donors and partners, is always there in times of need. We aspire to turn compassion into action so that... ...all people affected by disaster across the country and around the world receive care, shelter and hope; ...our communities are ready and prepared for disasters; ...everyone in our country has access to safe, lifesaving blood and blood products; ...all members of our armed services and their families find support and comfort whenever needed; and ...in an emergency, there are always trained individuals nearby, ready to use their Red Cross skills to save lives." I have enormous compassion for all those suffering under natural and man-made disasters. It's time for me to turn it into action. I may not be able to donate much. I may not be able to volunteer. I may not be able to travel to dangerous regions and give respite and hope to those who are suffering, but by God, I can get up every morning and lace up my running shoes. I can go back to the RunHard Columbia marathon on March 5th and do the hardest thing I've ever done again, and this time I can do it for a reason. If you read the news and feel hopeless like I do, if you fear that evil is triumphing in this broken world, if you want to bring a little light to fellow human beings suffering through their darkest times, please consider supporting my 26.2 take 2. Every penny you donate goes straight to the Red Cross. I have already covered all my marathon expenses and will be running that darn thing in a Red Cross T-shirt whether you donate or not, but instead of cursing as I count down the miles, I'd like to think of my generous, compassionate friends and family members instead. Let's do something meaningful together.