Sunday, December 18, 2011

It started with a little girl

Something happens to you when you become a mom.  You are not just a mom to your child, but to every child it seems.  When things happen to children that never should, it is unthinkable...mind bending...and takes your mind to places you don't want to think about.  I recently read about a local family in which two members, a mom and her daughter, were battling cancer.  They lost their little girl last week and I have been thinking about this family every day since.  This little girl sparked me to try to make a difference for this family.  I can't give them their daughter back as much as I wish I could.  However, maybe I can help them get back on their feet from the financial toll that two sick family members can take.

My plan is simple.  I am getting my butt off my couch and lacing up my sneakers.  I am fortunate to live in a runner friendly community with ample road races of varying distances.  I am going to run 10 road races in memory of Saoirse Fitzgerald.  Here's where you come in.  I would LOVE (and APPRECIATE) it if you would sponsor me for each race I complete between now and late spring/early summer.  Even a few dollars per person per race would add up quickly!  You can follow my progress on here.  I plan on documenting each race with photos.  I will also add all of your names to the sign that will go along with the check to the family.  So what do you think?  Can you help me make a difference?  I'll do all of the legwork!


  1. $5 a race from Rich & Susanna. Go Shawna! This is awesome. And made me cry. (I'm not going to lie, commercials make me cry, too.)

  2. This is such an amazing thing you are doing. We will donate $30 for your series and will cheer you on the whole way!!