This week, Mama Kat gives us an opportunity to share a photo of something that inspires us. I am celebrating my 200th blog post (!) and hope to mark the occasion by being a catalyst for good. First of all, meet my inspiration:
Brenya’s adorable face smiles out at me from Doug Welch’s Miles for Miracles page. Doug is running the 2011 Boston Marathon this year in honor of Brenya, who lived from March 8, 2009 to October 18, 2009. She had Polymicrogyria, a genetic brain malformation. Doug is a “charity” entrant into the Marathon, meaning that he has committed to raise $10,000 for Children’s Hospital Boston. “Luau” wrote a post explaining how the charity entries work and how much each charity entrant is putting on the line personally here.
How does all of this tie in with celebrating my 200th blog post? First of all, if you are reading this and if you have read any of my other blogs, thank you for listening to me prattle on and on about convenience store bathrooms, red velvet cupcakes, ways in which the English language is maligned, and the original topic I started blogging about: running.
Doug Welch is running for Brenya and for Children’s Hospital Boston, which “welcomes kids whose families can’t afford health care-more than any other hospital in Massachusetts. It makes a point of reaching out to local communities to help low-income and at-risk kids. And it really gets the importance of training the next generation of top pediatricians and nurses.”
Doug told me more about the moment when running and compassion merged for him:
I am asking you to “celebrate” with me by generating 200 “actions” to help Doug out in his effort and, by so doing, to celebrate Brenya’s memory and help innumerable children who will need the services of Children’s Hospital Boston. Here are some suggestions:
1) Participate in Doug’s “Virtual 36K,” Miles for Miracles, this Sunday, 3/20/11! How often do you get to pick your own location and start time for a 5K, 10K, half marathon or marathon? It’s all explained on the event page, and your affordable entry fee (for example, $5 for a 5K) benefits Children’s Hospital Boston and qualifies you for “door prizes”! Every dollar will count toward “the 200 actions” (i.e. $10 for a 10K will leave us with 190 more “actions” to take).
2) Help get the word out! I know how stretched many of us are budget-wise, and I know not everyone is a runner/walker (YET!), but with the click of a button you can enlist others and help communicate about this cause.
Facebook: Visit the event page and share it with your friends on Facebook!
Twitter: Follow Doug here @reallynotarunnr
Tweet this: Check out this virtual race that benefits a great cause! http://bit.ly/eJsjrC cc: @biggreenpen @reallynotarunnr Please RT
If you “don’t do” social media and you don’t walk or run, please know that your moral support counts too! You can email Doug a personal note of support at “reallynotarunner (at) gmail.com”.
And if you could comment back or email me (opuswsk (at) aol.com) to let me know you took action, I’ll do my best to keep track, hoping we reach 200 “somethings”!