Race for the Cure

I got the opportunity to participate in the Race for the Cure in Salt Lake the other week.  Wow!  What an experience.  As I was driving up, I mentioned something about my race number and my friend informed me that everyone had the same.  2011. You’d think I would have figured that one out.  I came to find out that the race is also not timed.  Everyone starts and finishes together.  Cancer should not be fought alone and I was grateful for that reminder. My group of 45 was running for a close friend of ours and we made sure to wear a picture of her proudly on our backs.  It can be quite an emotional experience running and seeing thousands of people who have or are affected by breast cancer. 

After all the participants finished, the survivor parade started.  In their bright pink shirts, they took proudly to the street, waving to the crowd, with enormous smiles on their faces.  Cheers rang out and the crowd was going wild.  It was a truly inspiring and beautiful experience.

I was most thankful for the reminder that this life is a team effort.  The experience was that much richer because I had some of my closest friends running with me. No one can make it through alone! 

Our AmeriCorps members are doing a fabulous job trying to make sure that doesn’t happen.  They spend countless hours helping to improve the community and the lives of many.  They work throughout the state of Utah on projects at Community Action Services and Food Bank, United Way, Provo’s Community Garden, in Volunteer Center’s, and more!

Since it’s AmeriCorps week, find out more about it and thank an AmeriCorps member!


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