I run because I can.
By Felicia Shirley: long-time Special Kids volunteer, Race Committee member, and Special Kids fundraiser.
Top: Felicia (far right) with 2015 Special Kids Race Committee
Bottom: Felicia (right) with Julie Corcoran (left)
I run because I can.
Why do I run? I run because I can. I run for those who cannot in hopes one day they will.
How did I learn about Special Kids?
Numerous times I have been ask why I run with Special Kids or, more often, how I got involved. When Nick, my oldest, was three he received services at Special Kids. I walked away from the experience extremely grateful, but unfortunately as grateful as I was I simply walked away.
I found my purpose.
Four years later I decided to run the Country Music ½ Marathon and really train (what a concept). However I wanted a larger purpose; I wanted to make an Impact. I was reminded Special Kids had a team, Team ASK, who fundraises for events like the CMM.
After I researched the details, I felt as though my friends and family would support me to raise the minimum required at the time. However just before I sent my first fundraising email (you know, to my closes 350 friends?), something tugged at me and said, these people will support more than that amount, so I adjusted the goal upward (something that continues to happen each year I send my fundraising request). The next morning I found several checks waiting on my desk along with numerous pledges. I found my purpose with Special Kids, one of my few main purposes in life.
The humbling experience.
Fast forward a few years later. Injured from an auto accident, I learned what is was like to be one of those, who ‘could not run.’ How humbling was that?! I was unable to run. In the beginning it was painful to even sit upright. After several months of rest, sweat, (many) tears and the support of my therapists, I was again able to run.
Why am I a part of Impact?
I will never be a ‘real runner.’ I am not that fast and quite frankly… I do not enjoy it!? However, He has called me to serve Special Kids to act as an Ambassador or conduit – connecting wonderful people with an amazing organization. Learn more about Fundraising for the Special Kids Race here.
I run because I can. I run for those who cannot in hopes one day they will.
I run for those angels, who are helping them along the way.