I found myself doing TWO 5K’s on a Saturday. The morning event was a fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on the Paramount Studios lot in Hollywood. The evening event was the Be the Light 5K, supporting A Light of Hope.
In this post, I’m going to touch on the impact the St. Jude morning event had on me. Many of us support all kinds of worthy causes. In the insanity life, we may not connect personally with the people behind the cause. And how can we? We don’t personally know these people.
The beauty of attending events like these is that you get a better understanding of what the organization is about.
While I was standing in line to check in, I noticed a couple with pictures of Christopher on signs. It hit me. This is their son that is no longer here. They and thousands of others around the country are participating in the St. Jude Run/Walk to raise money for an organization that does amazing things to fight childhood cancer. The goal is to save lives.
Lately, I’ve been getting emotional about stuff and thankfully I had sunglasses on to hide my tears. Perhaps it’s where I am at in life, but my perceptions of what really matters seem to be changing. I wanted to talk with them, but the registration line was not the place to do it.
Christopher’s family was doing a video interview before the run/walk started. After the interview I was able to talk with them about their son, and their St. Jude experience. The conversation made them cry and so did I. They really appreciated the opportunity to share what they went through, the memory of their son, and the importance of supporting the work of St. Jude.
Many of you know that I am passionate about making a difference. There are many organizations that do great work and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is one of them. You can learn more about that here.
Through my blog articles sharing my personal journey, I share how SuccessFit4Life!™ was birthed from my own challenges. This program is simply about encouraging people on life’s journey. There is a business component to it, but at its heart, this is about changing lives.
SuccessFit4Life! WELLNESS PROGRAMS truly meet a need for businesses and organizations…and that’s great. But, what really excites me is our EVENTS component. We have created a template that enables non-profit organizations to raise money through a simple event model.
Dinners and golf tournaments are classic fundraisers. These events work, but are time consuming and costly. Our fundraising model is easy and enables sponsors to make a lasting impression that goes far beyond the event. Everyone wins! Contact us if you would like to learn more about what we are doing.
In launching the SuccessFit4Life! program, we have chosen to spotlight St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
For events we are directly involved with, where we can, we are supporting this amazing organization. I had never been to a St. Jude Event and was looking forward to it. My Saturday experience started with what I felt in the registration line for Christopher, who I never met, and continued on throughout the morning.
During the run, I went past two women with pictures of Cate. Of course I have no clue who Cate is. To be honest, I only took the picture because I thought it would fit well in this commentary. I didn’t think much of it at the time until I started writing this and actually looked at the picture. Cate is gone and I’m weeping AGAIN.
Let’s end this on an up note. I’m getting faster with my running. It’s amazing that I passed up this Ferrari on the Paramount Studios lot!
Life happens. Good stuff. Bad stuff. At this stage of my life, I just want to make a difference in the time I have here.
We all have the opportunity do good stuff. Let’s do good stuff!