Almost two months ago, one of my high school classmates posted on Facebook a link to her fundraising page for the St. Jude Give Thanks Walk. When I saw her post, I immediately knew who she was walking for and why she was walking – for our friend Tammy who passed away after battling cancer for the duration of our four years in high school. She will be walking in our hometown in Illinois, which with Thanksgiving right around the corner made for an unrealistic time for me to fly to Illinois for the weekend in order to participate in the walk there.
But this didn’t stop me from thinking about how I could get involved with this walk. As I researched the walk a bit and discovered that the St. Jude walk will be held in nearly 75 cities across the country on the same day, including DC, I knew that I had to get involved.
Which led me to directly to my half marathon training plan.
Since I’m currently training for the Disney World Half Marathon I don’t want to deviate much from my training plan or do anything that might hinder my training progress. But since Preston and I plan on walking the 10K the day before the half marathon, my training plan also includes walk days. One quick look at my November training calendar and I knew I was destined to sign up for this walk: my training plan has me scheduled to walk three miles the same day as the St. Jude walk (the walk is a 5K).
Perfect! I immediately signed myself up for the walk and set up my fundraising page. I’ve never been one to beg others for money, which is one of the many reasons why I love using the Charity Miles app, but I had to give this a try for the sake of honoring Tammy. I’ll be honest, I haven’t met my fundraising goal, but I also haven’t been super aggressive about fundraising either. For me, its more important to get out there and walk in Tammy’s honor with the little money that I have raised as opposed to begging and pleading everybody I know to donate money to honor somebody that they likely never had the chance to meet.
Next Saturday’s walk isn’t the first event at which I will honor Tammy, and I’m determined to not make it the last. Over Labor Day weekend I ran the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Mini Marathon in her honor, and every time I use the Charity Miles app to raise funds for Stand Up to Cancer, I frequently think of Tammy during that run or walk.
I haven’t linked my fundraising page to this post for several reasons. The purpose of my blog isn’t to raise or even make money, but rather to document my running journey. My memory of Tammy has become a part of this journey, which is why I’ve included her story on here, but I also believe that she wouldn’t want me to solicit money in this fashion. However, if you feel so inclined to make a donation to St. Jude and wish to do so through me, please e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’ll be happy to get you the link to my fundraising page.
QOTD: Have you ever ran or walked in somebody’s honor? Which event was it?