30 for Sam (Day 1 of 30)

Day 1 of 30

Dear Sam,

Happy birthday! I’m sorry you can’t do your traditional cross-country ski, which this year was a 30k! I am taking the #30forSam challenge by running at least two miles for the next 30 days.

I appreciate your challenge and I am eager to hear more about your story. I heard about this on Tuesday from your wonderful sister Kate when I ran into her at Colectivo on Monroe Street. It took me a couple days to figure out my interpretation of this challenge and I’m looking forward to the next 30 days. I enjoy running, writing, and praying. So I’ll be incorportaing all three aspects to each day’s blog post. Today I even added a video, so technically this is a vlog!

#30forSam (1 of 30) from Hans Schiefelbein on Vimeo.


Each day I will engage with my body, mind, and soul. I will:

  • run at least two miles (physical)
  • learn about you and Acute Myeloid Leukemia through your blog (mind)
  • pray for (heart and soul)


2.2 miles around Oregon, up South Perry Parkway

From your blog: 6/19/15, Reliving the past week and realities of hospital sleeping (Jenny).

Jenny wrote “there are myeloid leukemic cells in Sam’s bone marrow.” Simple words, powerful implications. And she ends, “Oh well, let day one begin.”

Prayer: God, I ask for strength.

For me this is day one of looking into Sam’s life, and I cannot imagine the struggle and the journey. And my response is a plea for strength for Sam.

Those are my thoughts. What are yours?

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