A few weeks ago, my daughter and I had the opportunity to be volunteers at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Newport Beach. As always, it was an inspiring event, and I was so happy to be able to introduce my girl to the power that comes from people joining together in a positive way to accomplish something. Our job was to make sure racers stayed on the correct course, but really our job was to cheer the racers on, encouraging them and making the experience fun and memorable.
The racers we saw made us cheer, cry, and gave us so much hope for the future. In this tough economy, and negative political climate we were reminded that there are a lot of good people in the world; all of us want our mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, and friends to be healthy.
We cheered children pushing their mothers in wheelchairs
We cheered survivors, supporters, memories on signs and shirts
We cheered husbands, fathers, brothers and friends
We cheered every race, color and creed
We cheered women in headscarves
We cheered some very fancy dogs (this is Southern California)
We cheered funny slogans (Save Second Base!) and deeply moving memorials
We cheered every person who gave up their Sunday morning (and many who also gave up Saturday night) to raise money, awareness and compassion for the women fighting this horrible disease.
The next time the Race for the Cure comes to your town, take part. Walk, run, volunteer, or just go and cheer everyone on. You will be moved and leave full of hope.