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Category: Hunger & Housing
Start Date: April 16, 2019
One day, some years ago, I woke up and decided to start running. I was afraid and I felt that I lacked a runner’s body or the speed needed, but I believed in myself and found my pace. My first road race was daunting. However, I became fearless at that starting line. I accepted that I was likely going to be the last runner on the road, but the goal was halfway accomplished; I had shown up and now I just needed to cross the finish line. This would be the first of many races for me.
Years later, in 2016, I finished the Chicago Marathon. I can still remember my sweet son’s smile and astonishment after I finished. He was so proud, and he told me I was his hero. As a single mother, knowing that I am positively inspiring my son is everything. This isn't all running has done for me. It has grounded me while allowing me to create amazing memories, share my passion with my family and become part of a community.
This helped me in 2017 when I suffered a medical scare that left me filled with fear and anxiety. I leaned on God's word to help me overcome this fear. As I ran, I would repeat to myself Mark 5:36 "Do not be afraid; just have faith." While I was recovering, running was a daunting task, but I kept doing it. Over time, through God and his spirit I was able to overcome that fear.
The gift of peace that God has given me has made me want to live a more purposeful life. One way I can do this is by helping others that are less fortunate. God has blessed me with health and the ability to take part in the amazing experience of the Chicago Marathon. To show my appreciation I have decided to run the 2019 Chicago Marathon to help raise money for the Mission Our Lady of the Angels, a Catholic Mission serving the poor on Chicago’s West side. The Mission serves 1000+ families a month with food and other basic material needs, assists 900+ at risk kids in after-school programs, serves bi-weekly community meals and, most importantly, brings the Hope of Christ to a neighborhood plagued by gangs, violence and poverty. “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with love.” Mother Teresa.
I humbly ask you for financial support and prayers to persevere through this journey. Every single donation no matter how big or small is welcome with gratitude.