Kim Constantinesco via Crowdrise
August 15, 2011
BENEFITING: Rocky Mountain Children's Resources
EVENT DATE: Nov 06, 2011
Marathoners push themselves to the edge of insanity and exhaustion because when we look back on those 26.2 miles, the view is profoundly satisfying. Running has taken me in and continues to comfort, heal, and challenge me in all kinds of magical ways.
Camp Wapiyapi, a nonprofit organiztion in Colorado, offers those same magical healing effects for families who have been affected by childhood cancer. Camp Wapiyapi offers free summer camps and year-round activities to provide an outlet for children with cancer and their families.
I was lucky enough to take part in Camp Wapiyapi's summer camp this past June as a companion to one of the campers. Each camper is paired with one adult companion for the entire week. In addition to bonds formed between campers and companions, campers draw great strength and peace through their relationships with other campers. To say that this is the "Best week of the year" is an understatement. To say that this week will change your life forever is more on point.
Welcome to a place where emotions are suggested or demolished all in one water fight, in one skit, in one pie to the face, in one poem. Welcome to a place where things like lonliness, pain, burden, and guilt are put on hold. For one week a year, just when limits are reached and exhaustion is at the forefront, these kids can draw a new starting line in their own race - a race that brings daily challenges physically, emotionally, and spiritually. If you think you're as tough as a $2 steak, you don't have anything on these kids.
To learn more about Camp Wapiyapi, go here.
Camp Wapiyapi has moved me to move. I will be participating in the New York City Marathon this November with the hopes of raising money for this organization.
In many races, you see excerpts from people's lives, slices of their hearts, often the essence of their existence printed, taped, pinned, or scrawled on the backs of their t-shirts. You read mottos, scripture verses, slogans, quotes, hopes, and tributes. It seems that when people are ready and willing to lay it all out on the line, they want the moment to count deeply. They want people to understand the magnitude of meaning behind the effort.
I look at running the NYC Marathon as an opportunity to carry a portion of another person's burden, to cover some ground on their behalf, to try to lighten the load by shouldering some of it on my own back. To me, that's endurance.
Please consider making a small donation to Camp Wapiyapi as I prepare for the marathon.
Donation incentives (and I'm open to other creative ideas):
1. Donate $25 (or more): I'll write a name of your choosing on my body in honor/remembrance of a loved one. I'll carry that name with me for 26.2 miles and across the finish line.
2. Donate $100 (or more): Choose a mile, and I'll run that mile in someone's honor of your choosing. + Name on my body.
Please email me the name of the person(s) you would like honored. (email@example.com)
Any and all donations are greatly appreciated! The money you donate will go directly towards sending children to camp.
The simple act of running, putting one foot in front of the other, ultimately has the power to connect people and complete them, so thank you for donating to Camp Wapiyapi's Hustle for Healing!