"Carry one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." Galatians 6:2
It started several years ago as a way to run for more than just checking off a bucket list item. As we head into our fifth fundraising marathon/half-marathon cycle, we are honored to partner with yet another organization in our quest and calling to run for those who cannot.
Long before we started planning for this year's fundraising race, I was feeling a pretty strong nudge to not run for an organization. I really felt like we were supposed to run for a person, and not a group. I know, it sounded crazy to me too. I just thought it was a crazy idea I had, and decided to let it go. When Marcos and I started talking about who we'd like to run for this year, we found out that we had both been getting nudged in the same direction.
So what do you do when you feel the clear nudge from God to run for a person instead of a group? You run for a person, and not an organization. That's why we're running for Richard.
Richard Morla has been a part of our church since 2007. He is a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, and is a very generous man. He heads our security team, but really, he helps out everywhere and anywhere he is needed. For example, he is the go-to person for our baptisms, and picks up the baptistery from the Miami Baptist Association. He is always repairing and upgrading things on it before returning it. The folks there love Richard. Folks like us love Richard too.
Richard has cancer that has spread from his colon to his liver, and is now in his lungs. It's getting harder for him to walk, and do all the things he normally does.
As is our tradition, we will be running in the Miami Marathon, which takes place on February 9, 2020. Marcos will be running the full marathon of 26.2 miles, and I will be running the half marathon of 13.1 miles. This year, several others from our church will be joining us in running the actual race as well. Marcos' 20 week training in preparation for the race began in September, while the 13 week half marathon training started in November for me. Our training consists of two strength training sessions, along with two weekly short runs and one long run, which slowly grows until race day, preparing us for our respective distances.
Training for, and the eventual running of this race is hard. It doesn't matter how many times we've done it before, it is still a challenge that feels insurmountable each and every year. What Richard and his family are going through is hard too.
As Christ-followers, we are called to carry one another's burdens. Our family takes that pretty seriously. Our crazy fundraising race idea is just one of many ways we can do that. Carrying the burden of cancer is a heavy one, and we want to let Richard and his family know that they are not alone. We are in it with them. They are seen. They are loved. They are worth the struggle.
Please consider joining us - no donation is too small! As is our tradition, everyone who gives will have the opportunity to "run" with us by having their names written on our race day shirts. Richard has asked that all funds raised be given to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.
"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7