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Slice of Life: Running for a Reason #SOL17

This was my third year running the half-marathon for St. Jude and once again I was truly humbled by the generosity and optimism of the families I met throughout the weekend.  I was touched by the power of story, their stories and commitment to St. Jude’s mission.  It is truly overwhelming to slow down and hear these stories, feel these stories and appreciate the strength behind these stories.

This year I ran with a friend who works at St. Jude.  As part of her role, she gets to know families and helps each family share their story with other families.  These are stories of joy, stories of setbacks, stories of triumphs and stories of loss.  I asked her to share a story of a child or family with me as we ran each mile together on Saturday.  While we ran each mile in honor of that child or family – sending them strength, hope, and love with each stride – we were the ones, however, who were lifted up through these stories.

St. Jude celebrates the power of story.  It amazes me each year how the power of story transforms what could be viewed as tragic, hopeless and unfair to perseverance, inspiration, and gratitude. Where do these families find this strength in the face of adversity?  I wonder what gives them the strength to inspire and see greatness where others might see misfortune. They choose to focus on the positive and come together as a community, and together they find strength.

This weekend I ran for a reason, but it reminded me that we must all live for a reason.  As teachers, we must teach for a reason and inspire our students to learn for a reason.  As parents, we must help our children think about and find their reason in life.

Thirteen miles, thirteen stories, endless reasons to live a life worth living.  Every day, every interaction, every choice we make.  A reason.

4 Comments
  • Patricia Palmer
    Posted at 10:42h, 05 December Reply

    What a wonderful tribute to all of the families who experience moments of hope and face real struggles. I love how you connected the power of story and the reason you run to your role as a teacher. So powerful! Inspiring slice.

  • Dawn Sherriff
    Posted at 10:58h, 05 December Reply

    Congratulations on 13.1 (from one runner to another! Admire how bring forth the theme of story and reason through St. Jude and connect it to running, teaching and life. A great reminder as I start my day! Thanks for sharing!

  • Erika Victor
    Posted at 12:28h, 05 December Reply

    I love all the connections you made. Purpose- it is what moves us forward. Go, you!

  • Fran Haley
    Posted at 10:53h, 07 December Reply

    I appreciate your running for such a worthy cause, and your focus on the transformative power of story, overcoming adversity, and strengthening one another. I know that the most extraordinary stories are lived by ordinary people and may never be told. I also deeply appreciate your heartfelt response to my post on my mother-in-law’s passing … written for the reason I just gave here. Thank you so much for your words. – Fran

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