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adventures in family, faith, and Down syndrome

Will Run for Beer?

on April 3, 2014

I am not a runner.

John participates every year in a half marathon at the end of August and it kind of makes me crazy.  I’m glad he takes the time out to keep himself healthy and moving, but the race at the end of the training costs money and I hate paying money so that he can do something that he could do for free.

But tonight, John found a cause.


Here is his letter to our family and friends:

Hello Everyone,

I want to let you all know about a charity race I have decided to join.  This summer on July 20th I am running the Rock “n” Roll Chicago Half Marathon for the Ups for Downs Down syndrome foundation.  As many of you know, my daughter Tessa was born with Down syndrome earlier this year.  Since Tessa was born, Maggie and I are on a mission to help people see the ability in all people with Down syndrome and not just the disability.  Needless to say, I thought this race is one small way I can help the cause (and maybe lose a few pounds while I’m at it).  
How can you help?  Well, I’m glad you asked!  There are three ways you can help.  
1) Prayers, encouragement, and well wishes.  You can even go watch the race if you want! 
2) Financial support for the Ups for Downs Organization.  Think of it this way: Any small contribution you make (from $13.10 and up) is like paying to put me through 13 miles of running! It’s almost like getting back at me for being a smart aleck all these years by making me run for two hours and supporting a great cause at the same time!  Below is the website you can use to make donations if you are moved to do so.  
3) Join the team!  You may also sign up as a part of our running team (Team Tessa) and do some fundraising of your own.  I have a feeling this option will get the least positive response, I mean who would be crazy enough to run 13 consecutive miles? 🙂 I digress, but let me know if you want to run and I’ll give you some information. Just know that the sooner you sign up, the less expensive it will be and the more time you have to raise funds, so let me know sooner rather than later. 
I can’t tell you all how much Tessa has taught all of us in just a short time and she can’t even really do anything yet except smile!  Let’s help spread the love and start to change the way we think!  God’s blessings to all of you! 

Now there is a race that I can throw money at.  🙂


One response to “Will Run for Beer?

  1. Julie says:

    Count me in for all three! About time I got my butt back in running shape, and I can’t think of a better cause to do it for!

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