My second race in September was the Isabella Santos Foundation 10K for Kids Cancer.
This is the second time I have run this race and last year it was so powerful I decided I would run it each year that I could with Team Sam!
This race is unlike any other! It’s hard to explain. I always enjoy running a race but this one I am not sure that it’s enjoyable. We always do have a great time, we plan to wear purple, we meet up as a group take a group photo, we smile, laugh, hug, listen to all the great music, get pumped up by the excitement of the crowd and we have fun on the course.
Every moment of this event though I am reminded of why I am there. Why all of us are there!
I am there because of this amazing couple I know who has this super cool kid Isaiah and his incredible little brother, their youngest son, Sam who has fought Neuroblastoma for many years of his young life. I am reminded of how they live every day in any parent’s worst nightmare.
Then I look around and see all of these people, all of these children, and behind their smiles and laughter I am just not sure which ones are currently suffering, struggling through and facing their own worst nightmares.
I am reminded as I run that there isn’t a whole lot that I can do about it either. I am however shown how much all of us, there together as a whole CAN do!
This race that started as a family fund raiser for Isabella Santos, as she began to fight her battle that she would eventually loose, and raised a few hundred to a few thousands of dollars in its inception. The event this year raised $312,000 toward their $1,000,000 goal!
This is a great race to run, not because of the great course (that is does have) or the great swag (that it does have) or the super cute race medal (that it also does have) but because of what this race, this foundation does.
Find ways to give back to your community. Share your love of running with a good cause, fundraising race and let your race registration do some good.
If you are near Charlotte join me here next year, the more runners, the more awareness, the more money that is raised!
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