It has been one month since the triathlon and I have been enjoying the time I have been able to spend with my family and not having to train as much. I have still been running and logged 15.1 miles in the last week, which put us at a total mileage of 118.98. With the light workload on the training end, Janelle and I have been working on some logistics of getting sponsorships with businesses and are ironing some details out for the fundraising part. We have packets containing all of the sponsorship information, and it can also be obtained through the website.
This last week, one of my fellow Marines committed suicide. That night I went on a run and had some good time to think. As I came around the turn at the top of King’s Row overlooking the city, I was reminded of how beautiful life is and how lucky we all are for the amount of time we have on this Earth, even if it is a short time. Brent Bishop was one of the most honorable people, and Marines I had ever met. It is shocking to know that such a strong person and leader was in need of help and didn’t get it.
It fires me up when I see people on Facebook doing these challenges to “raise awareness”. Everyone knows that Veterans are struggling with suicide and PTSD. Everyone knows that we need to find a cure for cancer. I believe that these pushup challenges and others like it are lazy attempts to make people feel like they are doing something to help. They didn’t help Staff Sergeant Bishop, they aren’t helping the children that are dying everyday of cancer. Instead of raising awareness, we need to get out in the community and make a difference. Go down to the VA and see what you can do to help, donate money, actually DO something. People need your help in many different ways, and raising awareness simply isn’t enough. That is why I decided to start the Race for Olivia. I looked for my strength’s, I am mentally tough enough to do an Ironman and endure all of the physical pain that will come and this is how I choose to help. I need everyone’s help and support in donating to the Foundation. Please donate now and together we can make a difference in the lives of children everywhere.
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