Archive for April, 2012
As the warm weather decides to stay around for a while, that means several charity walks, runs and rides will be in full force. I am fortunate to attend a different sort of fundraiser this weekend. Participants are asked to collect donations and in turn, they will “be brave and go bald.” St.Balderick’s aimes at raising money for children’s cancer research. It started as a St.Patty’s day party turned into a head-shaving event. The movement quickly grew into the world’s largest volunteer-driven fundraising program for childhood cancer research, and today the St. Baldrick’s Foundation funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government.
Since the first St. Baldrick’s event, five principles have directed the Foundation in its quest to Conquer Kids’ Cancer:
Integrity – Awareness of the great trust constituents place in us as stewards of the funds they raise and as partners with them in the fight against childhood cancer – guides us every day.
Efficiency – A commitment to always operate in the most cost-effective manner possible so that the greatest number of dollars raised goes directly to fund childhood cancer research.
Transparency – A pledge to be completely open with our volunteers understanding that it is only through their support of St. Baldrick’s that we are able to continue our vital mission.
Pioneering Spirit – A unique approach to fundraising that is bold and daring – the same qualities we look for in the doctors and researchers dedicated to finding the cure.
Sense of Fun – An experience that is both rewarding and fun, that people come back year after year, joining together to have a great time while supporting a very serious cause.
If you are someone you know has been affected by childhood cancer, consider donating to this great cause. My brother will be brave and go bald as he is the lead organizer for this year’s event in Arlington, VA. Check out his personal page: http://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/517375/2012
“Often I visualize a quicker, like almost a ghost runner, ahead of me with a quicker stride. It’s really crazy. In races, this always happens to me. I see the vision of a runner ahead of me, maybe just 15, 20 meters ahead of me, and the cadence of that runner, which is actually me in the future, is a little quicker, so if I’m going (his rhythm/breathing), then my ghost runner, the vision of me, ahead of me, like opening up and just going for it, is quicker. It’s like (quicker rhythmic noises).” Gabe Jennings, 2000 U.S.Olympic Trial 1500 meter winner
I vividly remember my fifth grade parent/teacher’s conference and being asked, “What do you want to do when you grow up?”. My answer was simple, an Olympic sprinter. Some of my earliest memories always involved running. Whether it was playing kick-the-can, chasing after foul balls at the local field, or racing against classmates during recess. At some point over time, running became less about going out and having fun and became more of a chore. As a competitive athlete it was important to be ready for preseason and strongly encouraged to stay in shape postseason. Running stairs, sprints or long distances were often met with an attitude of, “it’s going to make me better”. My attitude of running has shifted since then.
While I never became that Olympic sprinter I had once hoped to be, I still enjoy running. There are days when I strap on my Road ID and lace up the shoes, I feel like I could glide forever. Running provides me the opportunity to connect body, breath and soul. It allows me to follow wherever my feet will go. There are moments when I feel like running and meditation become one. I can choose to run fast or slow. Up hill or down. I can play chase or choose to take in the scenery. Of course there are days when I say it’s only been how long?! While I never regret when I go out for a run, I always regret when I don’t. I was born to run.