|Last year's (or maybe it's for this year, not sure...) shirt and the measurements. Because the two were connected.|
Now that I'm all signed up and don't even see a 5k as particularly difficult (what did that happen?!?) I'm way excited. I finally get to run along with everyone in their red, white, and blue tech shirts. Because I've gotten better at running I've even been looking forward to seeing how much time improvement I'll have over my last 5k. My last time was exactly 30 minutes and I'm pretty sure I can do better. I've been looking forward to seeing how it goes.
Then something happened. A friend of mine posted on Facebook that she was running the Freedom Run 5k in support of one of her former mission companions, Kassi. I told her I'd see her there. When she replied back she asked if I would hand out a couple flyers with a website for donating to help with the costs of Kassi's fight with brain cancer. I said I would be happy to help.
I've never met Kassi and, as she doesn't know me from Adam, I'm pretty sure our paths will never cross. But I do know Lori. She and her family live around the corner from us and moved into the development about seven months before we did, around the beginning of July 2011. Her husband was in the final stages of brain cancer. The day of the Freedom Run is the second anniversary of his death. I know, love, and admire Lori. She is raising two amazing children and supporting her family by running a preschool from her home. She's pretty incredible. I wasn't able to do anything to support Lori, but I can do this as a tribute to her family as well as to help Kassi and her family now that she has started her treatments. So now I won't be running in my matching shirt and I may not beat my old time. That's okay; this is better.
If you want to help and read more about Kassi, go to the donation website: https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/59c2/teamkassi/