“To change the world,Start with one step.
However small, The first step is hardest of all.
Once you get your gate,You will walk in tall.”
A great quote from Dave Matthews Band to start this (what might end up being a rambling) post.
As you must know by this point, a few months ago I found out my mother was diagnosis with Stage 4 Lung Carcinoma. I was incredibly torn up when I found out as you would expect. I knew I had two choices; 1)wallow in mourning and sadness which frankly would do neither myself nor my mother or my family any good, or 2) Find a silver lining, be a rock for my loved ones and some how make the best of the cards we were given.
What do you think I choose? If you guessed 2, you are right.
I ran (to work out my stress) for a while trying to wrap my head around this problem. I am a runner by nature I guess, and I found I truly enjoyed running. I mean I did run a half marathon 7 months ago. When I went running I went into my Zen Zone, I could think clear, develop ideas, and get lost in potential. Out of these many ideas, one was born. WeRanForAnne.com . The idea was simple; pledge an amount of miles that you would run between 12/12/11 and 12/12/12 (12/12 being my mother’s birthday) then raise $1 for every mile pledged. All the money would then be donated to the American Cancer Society
Fast forward a month and that brings us to today. We had a soft launch on December 1st and our main launch yesterday at 8pm. As I type this, countless people have visited our site, pledged over 12,800 miles and raised over $1,200. The outpouring of support and the community and people rallying around my mother, and this idea, and the loved ones that they have lost or are fighting cancer is really amazing. It is very hard to describe what it is like seeing all of this unfold first hand. I didn’t even think people were going to want to be apart of this. Now I have people asking what more can they do!! The good will and good mojo is flowing like crazy!
Well today was my first step (literally) in my year long campaign to raise money. Sure I set up the site got it running with my friends, but today was really my first step. I pledged to run 1000 miles. Today I went to the gym and ran my first 4 miles. 996 to go. Everyone says the first step is hardest of all. I dont believe that, not anymore. When you have a community of people who are willing to support you and be behind you the whole way, which is what we have at WeRanForAnne.com then it is not hard at all.
Where I was going with this post I don’t know, but looks like I ended up here. If you haven’t checked out this site yet check it out. Pledge some miles donate some money. If you have already then you already know that you have my deepest thanks, what you guys have done can never be truly expressed. You have all changed my lives for the better and I know for certain you have helped my mother in her fight against cancer which is more than I could have asked for. We are all walking tall now, aren’t we?