Today I want to welcome James from Home Is Where the Mouse Is. He’s doing two things I’ll never do: run a marathon and meet a fundraising goal. I know it’s usually us moms here at Always Moving Mommy but James is a pretty great dad and the charity he’s chosen to run for is a spectacular one. Check out the information below and please consider making a donation if you’re able.
On November 1st, I will be running the New York City Marathon with Team For Kids to raise money to provide youth activity programs in schools throughout the country. I feel it’s a worth cause given the growing problem of childhood obesity and the increasing trend in society to be less active.
I see my own kids and those of friends and relatives spending more and more time in front of TVs, phones, or tablets. If they are doing so instead of being active, it’s a problem. As much as I hope my individual running may inspire my own children to be more active, I hope running with Team For Kids will help even more children discover a love of running or other physical activity.
Why I Run
I run because I love the sense of accomplishment that it brings. I love seeing the small improvements in my training runs, going a little bit faster or a little bit farther with each passing week. My medals are proudly displayed on my wall, and the feeling of crossing each of those finish lines is something that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.
When I’m out there, I’m not racing against anyone but myself. Each step, no matter how difficult or easy it may be, is a step forward, bringing me closer to another goal. The only thing that stands in the way is me. I hope that my children and others can discover a joy in setting goals and using determination and perseverance to achieve them.
How We Can Help Kids Be Active
As part of Team For Kids, I pledged to raise $100 for each of the 26.2 miles I’ll be running on November 1st. That’s a grand total of $2,620. It’s quite an amount, and I need a lot of help to reach it.
- $50 buys a sweet new pair of running shoes for a kid in need
- $100 provides more than 100 “marathon of miles” medals
- $250 gives 25 kids an awesome cross-country race experience
- $500 provides transportation for 50 kids to a weekend road race
- $1,000 lets us produce a developmental track meet for 300 kids
- $5,000 supports a Young Runners team at a public school for an entire year
- $10,000 covers scholarships for 20 Young Runners to attend summer running camp
Fundraising is a Humbling Experience
When I am out there pounding the pavement, I am alone. With fundraising, I can’t take any steps forward without help. I am completely relying on others. Everything I love about running is at odds with raising money for charity. I think that is what is making this so difficult for me.
The fundraising aspect has become a marathon of its own. It’s been a humbling experience, and certainly a worthwhile lesson to learn, even this late in life. It’s something else I hope my children will see me accomplish and be inspired to rise to similar challenges themselves.
But to do that I need your help. I can’t move forward alone. If you’d like to help me cross this finish line, please make a donation on my personal and secure fundraising page. You’ll get a receipt and all donations are tax-deductible.
Thank you for reading. Thank you for helping me. Thank you for helping our children.
“Home is Where the Mouse is“