Thursday, June 16, 2011

See Pam Run!!!

Okay, I am so excited to announce this!  I've told a few people in person, but this is my big launch.  I'm going to RUN a 5K! And not just any 5K, but one started by my dear friend Hannah and her husband in remembrance of their darling daughter Sadie Mae who lived January 18th.  I will ABSOLUTELY tell you more about the event, called the Field of Sunflowers Walk, a wonderful and worthy thing.
the mug I was drinking from as I go to post this has a sunflower on it. So I had to post it.
Sadie Mae had bi-lateral renal agensis, which she was diagnosed with at Hannah's 20 week ultrasound.When she and her husband TJ were anticipating the excitement of finding out if she was a boy or girl, they were intend told she would never live and had abortion recommended.  They chose to carry her term anyway, even though no baby with BRA has ever survived.  They did get to meet her, because she was born with her heart beating... but she never took a breath.  To read her story from the beginning on her mother's blog click here.

So Hannah and TJ are starting the Field of Sunflowers Walk/Run 5K! It will be September 10th in Woodruff, SC. They're raising money for the Carolina Perinatal Support Network, which according to their website "was established to provide a bridge of support for families experiencing an adverse prenatal diagnosis that will likely result in a preborn or newborn death.", and to help fund adoptions and  this will help launch their new nonprofit "Give a Life". Read all about it on the post Hannah wrote to announce it here.

You might be like 'what's the big deal? People do 5Ks everyday.' Yes, indeed! And I admit freely I'm no one special.  But a) this is a great cause and b) I'm over a hundred pounds overweight.  That does make this a bigger deal than it would be if I was a more normal weight, or at least makes it harder. And I was always that slow, uncoordinated, unathletic kid, even before I was overweight. For me, this is a big and daunting quest!  I mean, I could walk one now, no problem. But I can't run for more than a minute without wheezing. But I will!

"No discipline seems enjoyable at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it yields the fruit of peace and righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Therefore strengthen your tired hands and weakened knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated,but healed instead."-Hebrews 12:11-13  This verse has become my anthem in this area of my life. God is in this. I'll tell you about that later.

I've decided to announce first, then tell you how this all came about in more detail.  As you can see, I've started a new page on my website. For now, it'll basically be this post.  But each week, after this week, I'll do one weekly update about how it's doing on the blog, and I'll link to it on the page. This week I'm going to do a few more posts than that because I've going to tell you a) how this came about and b) what I've been doing so far. Because I've already started...

But I've been building up to starting the Couch to 5K program, which I'll be starting full out on Wednesday.  If any of you want to join me, we can start the same week and encourage each other!

Okay, I'm not actually running in this picture. But it sort of looks like I am, and I don't actually have any pictures of myself running yet, since I can't really take one myself, so shh! :)
People, I do want something from you.  Normally all I care about is that you read. But I need you. Please do at least one of these things:

1. Encourage me and spread the word!  You can do this by linking to the See Pam Run! page I've created or by going on facebook and liking the See Pam Run page I've created there (they wouldn't let me use an exclamation point!) and just spreading the word.  Invite all your friends! I just want people to know, to hear the story of Sadie Mae, and for local people to know so they can show up (or you could road trip in).  And because I'll need encouragement and if I know people want me to do this and not fail, then I won't. If I think it's just me, I may be tempted to give up if it gets hard.  But if you invite 550 people and only two like my page, that's okay!

2. Show up and walk or run yourself. I don't expect this from most of you, since my readers are spread all over the country and the world (so cool!) but if you're in South Carolina or the southeast, consider coming. Hannah is going to try to get businesses (or maybe individuals) to promise a certain amount (like a penny, or a dollar) for every person who crosses the finish line. So even if you don't do any personal fundraising, you can help by showing up and walking.

3. Donate or sponsor me. Because I am doing this for charity. But it's a worthy cause. I'm so broke, I feel guilty asking because I really, really know how tight the economy is. And spreading the word is enough for me... but please donate/sponsor me!  Even if it's just a dime.  Every penny counts! Right now, since it's months away, Hannah's just got a button for you to donate. Donate and either say you're doing it to sponsor me in the comments, or just donate without any comments because it's not really about me. And if you want to pledge to sponsor me but won't pay till later (like when I cross the finish line) then shoot me an email at and I'll get back to you later.

I love you guys!  I know I have a small following, but every one of you is amazing and I thank God for you!

(This money goes straight to Hannah and TJ, I have nothing to do with it. I just asked for the button!)


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