:: CALLING ALL HEROES ::
To honor a hero, to be a hero. Because this is so much bigger than me.
How many of you can relate to having this moment while running? When the reason you’re out there is so far beyond yourself that you can’t help but feel love, connection and pure raw emotion. A greater meaning takes over and with it, offers an entirely different purpose and perspective. Often times, it changes us at very deep place in our being, our soul, our core.
You know them.
Your parent, your sibling, your child, your partner, your spouse.
Your sole sister. Your running brother.
Your friend, your neighbor, your colleague.
A cause, a mission, a battle.
One person. Many. All.
Your ally, your angel, your everything.
A person you have never met. A country far away.
For honor, for gratitude, for courage, for love.
They are our heroes.
Throughout the past two years, there have been hundreds of women who have stood before us and selected the /pink/ flower. Often they were with a spouse, a friend, a sister or a parent who shared tears with them while reading the words. Some shared their story with us, and for others, the emotion was just too much and we simply held the silence with them. We’ve also had the privilege of meeting those running in honor of a loved one, celebrating a precious life lost too soon. Their stories and resilience humble you.
We also recognize that our pink flower is not – and has never been – limited to one cancer, one disease, one struggle or one story. The message is universal, often worn by those whose journey extends beyond themselves, into something bigger. It is worn in honor of someone else’s story and resilience. It is worn to celebrate unity and togetherness. It is worn from a place of deep pride and resolve. It is worn to show gratitude to those who have helped you along the way. It is worn to honor those who cannot fight for themselves. It’s worn when your miles transcend running, and become more about life.
Who’s the person who has inspired you? The person you think of when your will and resolve are tested? The person who, simply by being them and encouraging you to be you, lifts you up. Perhaps your hero takes the shape of a cause, mission or organization that has moved you to action and realize your greater purpose. Who has given you that ‘bigger than you’ moment and completely redefined your perspective and outlook? And how has your hero changed you?
Your hero. Your ‘bigger than me’ moment. Your change.
We would love to hear from all of you. We will be honoring our heroes – and yours – in the days leading up to and during our St. Jude marathon weekend. As we move into a season of thanks and gratitude, we can think of no better to unite than celebrating the incredible people in our lives.
From now until Sunday evening, November 30th, we ask that you share photos and stories of your heroes. Here are three easy ways to do so:
– Comment on our ‘Calling Our Heroes’ Facebook post
– Post your photo and story directly to our Facebook page
– Submit via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
We also encourage you to support our St. Jude fundraising efforts. Our Flower Heroes page is live and you can contribute to our fundraising goal here: https://heroes.stjude.org/flowerheroes
Why are we running St. Jude this year? Check out Tori’s amazing video story, and she’ll tell you why.
We can’t wait to hear from you.
Mel & Tori