I cannot believe that the time has come for me to leave and travel to my 6th continent. The experience so far almost seems surreal as I look back before moving forward again. I am constantly asking what kind of impact, if any, has the Run7on7 mission accomplished. Here are just a few of the tangible ways that I have been able to answer that question for myself.
The first and most obvious is that the donations have been going up, still a long way from the million-dollar goal, but nonetheless moving forward.
The second is that we have been so very fortunate to have our story of hope for recovery, information on Caron Treatment Centers and their scholarship program featured on television, magazines, Internet sites as well as radio. To see the up to date listing of what has been written go to the News Feed section on our website.
Thirdly, and I think most importantly is the positive feedback and endorsements that we have received from people who are following our mission via the Internet and Run7on7.com website. The other day I received three letters from some students out in Weed, California. I am going to post them below (I have retyped them as they were written) so that you too can see how far reaching our impact has been on the young. I hope that they will read this blog as well because I will be thinking of them as I run this weekend. Their positive encouragement will definitely get me to the finish line…..watch your mailbox kids (or have your teacher watch hers) I will be sending a souvenir to you from Australia!
My name is Terry, a student at Wyeka Vista Community Day School and I am 12 years old. I am very good at basketball and I am a very fast runner! I also am a good skateboarder because I do awesome tricks like “ollie” kick flip and a pop shove it.
I know that you work out every day so that must hurt your arms because every time I work out, my arms hurt sometimes and my legs hurt. I know you ran the Great Wall of China and you were tired and ready to pass out but you kept on going anyway. You have perseverance because you don’t want to give up and I am going to encourage you to finish the race. You also have caring because you are trying to raise $1,000,000 for the alcohol and drug rehabilitation program. When you get tired, Linda, say “I can! I shall! I will! And when you are running, you can say to yourself “this too shall pass.” We also have a motto, it is “One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar!” by Helen Keller. I wish you the best hope for the race and I hope you raise the $1,000,000! I hope for the best,
My name is Robert Lee. I go to WVCDS. I love to sing for fun and entertain people. I also love riding horses and taking responsibility for them. I love running for fun and exercise. I learned that you ran on five continents and marathons to help your stepdaughter that was addicted to meth and now has not used meth for 5 years. You flew to San Francisco from Florida just to help her! You must care for her very much and that is nice of you. If I ever saw you and you were tired of running I would say, “Go Linda, go” and “Linda you can! You shall! You will!” or Linda remember, “One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar!” Helen Keller. Go, Go, Go. I’ll always be there for you forever, even if we never seen each other. You are my friend. Take care,
My name is Cameron and I am in Mizz Waller’s class at Wyeka Vista Community Day School.
My hobbies are P.E. and ballet. In our classroom, we have world records and I set six of them and tied with my cousin Robert on two! I love ballet because it is very calming and provides a relaxed atmosphere for me.
When I read that you were attempting to raise $1 million for the Caron Rehabilitation Center I was amazed that you love your step-daughter so much to get her treatment. I also learned that you are running 7 marathons on 7 different continents! I just wanted to tell you that you are an amazing goal setter and just keep going.
One of the huge qualities I see in you is perseverance. I see this in you because even when you are tired you keep on going. Another quality I see in you is self-esteem. I see this in you because you have a very strong belief in yourself.
If I were to see you on the run looking tired I would say “come on, keep on going! You are doing fine! You’re great, all you can do is try Linda!” I must say, that I am very inspired about running now that I’ve heard about what you are doing.
I wish the best for you, Katherine, and remember, “One can NEVER consent to creep when one feels the impulse to SOAR!! Helen Keller.
I have to say that when I read these letters it brought tears to my eyes knowing that in some small way we are helping to show how important it is to DREAM BIG and in order to see our dream realized that we must first learn to focus small. For me that means taking one race at a time and putting one foot in front of the other one mile at a time! Dreams don’t just happen we make them happen!!
I am going to sign off for now and will post another blog tomorrow. I have some very exciting people to meet and places to go in Australia….stay tuned!!