A few weeks ago I announced that I was donating my birthday and my participation in Madison half marathon to a great cause. My friend Jon Jordan has a son with Sturge-Weber syndrome and they have been in support of scientific research for years. Jon has created an annual golf outing to raise money. But my golf game is so bad – so I did what I do best: run! The half marathon is always the weekend of my birthday, so I decided to combine the two in an effort to raise money for the Sturge-Weber Foundation.
I am happy to report that $140 came in over the two weeks of my running. I ran Madison half marathon and then went to Iowa for their distance classic, the Dam to Dam. There was a little birthday celebration for me and a little more money came in, so I couldn’t be happier.
I asked for birthday presents. I asked for donations for my training efforts. These two components weren’t all that significant. And truth be told, when researching these extremely complicated diseases $140 doesn’t go very far. But it’s $140 that wasn’t in the bank until my friends and family stepped up to support me. I firmly believe it’s little efforts like these that allow us to grow and mature as humans, to see the importance and value in the world outside our little sphere. Thank you so much for reading this blog post, and if you donated thanks again for your support. There’s plenty of bad press out there, there’s plenty of selfish motives in our every day lives. Let’s continue to find little opportunities to make a difference and lift each other up.