Monday, April 29, 2013

Behind the Mask with Cassandra Perkins

I had the honor last week of being a guest on Cassandra Perkins radio show(Behind the Mask)  last week along with an all star cast of guests,  Woody Roseland, Brittany Ross and Christa Black.

It was my first time on the radio.   I was a bit nervous at the start, but once we got going I had a great time.

Cassie's first guest was Woody Roseland who is a five time cancer survivor, stand up comedian and inspirational speaker who is currently running for Man of the Year for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Woody lost his leg to bone cancer and he has not let that stop him or define him. You are not your cancer!   He rides his bike across the country in an effort to raise money for cancer research.

Brittany Ross shared her story of being diagnosed with A.M.L at the age of 15 and was given three weeks to live.  Brittany is now 28 and will be getting married in September of this year.

Christa Black shared a very powerful story. You can read more about Christa by clicking here. 

What was really cool about the radio show, was every speaker shared a story of hope.

If you are interested you can listen to the  entire podcast by clicking here.    Be sure and check out Cassie's show and follow this young woman who continues to inspire me as she makes a difference in the world.

I love this young woman for who she is in the world, for what she stands for. She is a champion of hope.

Check out Cassie's Tedx talk she gave last year. WOW!!!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

We are Columbine

Fourteen years ago today our country was forever changed.

Shots rang out at Columbine High school and 13 lives were cut short.

The young people that were killed that day would now be in their late 20's or early 30's.  They would most likely have children of their own now and would be living their lives full of purpose and hope.

The shootings have continued and the battlefield has moved now inside movie theater's, elementary schools and most recently at the finish line of a marathon in Boston.

So today, I pause to remember the lives of these young people and hope someday that we can make sense of what happened on that day fourteen years ago.

So for Cassie Bernall, Steven Curnow, Corey DePooter, Kelly Fleming,
Matthew Kechter, Daniel Mauser, Daniel Rohrbough, William, "Dave" Sanders, Rachel Scott, Isaiah Shoels, John Tomlin, Lauren Townsend, Kyle Velasquez we remember and honor your lives on this day.

You will never be forgotten.

We are Columbine! ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Monday, April 15, 2013

Patriot's Day

Adam and I were driving to lunch today when Laura called to tell me there were two small explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. 

We hoped that maybe it was just a terrible accident. As we watched the news unfold it became apparent that this was an act of terrorism.  At this point we don't know if this is a foreign or domestic attack, but nonetheless it is another attack on our country, on our way of life. 

As a runner this hit me hard.  My family has waited at the finish line of many of the marathons that I have been fortunate enough to have run  Finish lines from San Francisco to Paris, France.  Standing in crowds of thousands of people, waiting patiently for me to cross, cheering for countless strangers as they chased and realized their dreams of becoming a marathoner.  

Adam told me today that he has so many great memories of standing at the finish line of many marathons and today that memory was taken away from many runners and their families.  

My heart aches for the families who have had their lives shattered.  My heart aches for the community of runners whose spirit and courage has no limits.  I am honored to be a part of this community that laces up their shoes every week and raises countless money for charitable organizations. 

As a community as a nation, we will bind our hearts together and find a way to get through this.  

If you have a race shirt, please consider wearing it tomorrow or any day for the rest of this week and show your support and solidarity for Boston.