Hailey 5K











Hailey 5K

[onehalf] On Saturday, April 5th, 2014, it was the 2nd annual Hailey Bankhead Foundation 5K, Fun, Walk, Run Event!  I pulled myself up out of the bed early Saturday morning and drove a little over an hour to attend this event, all in the name of love for Hailey, and in support of finding a cure to cancer.  [/onehalf] [one_half_last] This event holds a special place in my heart since I lost both of my parents to cancer and because I know Hailey personally.  I must tell you that there’s no place in the world that I would have preferred to have been on this particularly beautiful, sunny, Saturday morning.  [/one_half_last] [dashed_divider] [/dashed_divider]

Here’s a little background:

[one_third] I had the wonderful pleasure of meeting Hailey’s mother, Heather Bankhead who is a travel agent/owner of Travel Shop.Com at a travel agent workshop, and we immediately bonded.  Heather is one of those rare people who is full of light and never meets a stranger. At this time we had no idea that Hailey was sick.  [/one_third] [one_third] It was maybe six months later when we got the news and begin to champion around Hailey and her family through endless prayers, and support. Sadly, the battle against cancer is a constant challenge for today’s society and it doesn’t discriminate. However, [/one_third] [one_third_last] we all know that we can do anything through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13) and as Heather would have it, she has taken this very personal challenge and turned it into a blessing that has rained down provisions of hope and love on to others who are facing the same journey, through her foundation, the Hailey Bankhead Foundation. [/one_third_last] [dashed_divider] [/dashed_divider]

My Blessing:

[one_fourth] During the beginning course of my walk there was a little boy in front of me, perhaps around the age of ten.  He had a problem with his legs so he was struggling as he walked. He had no idea that I was even looking at him. [/one_fourth] [one_fourth]   As I slowed my pace behind him, I noticed on the back of his t-shirt was the word “HOPE”.   In that very instant, my heart filled up with so much compassion and admiration for this young man that I couldn’t hold back the tears that flowed down my cheeks, behind my sunglasses. [/one_fourth] [one_fourth] Then, all of a sudden I became so present in that moment. I immediately thanked my God for the message He sent me at that very moment in time.  The message I received was to always hope and to give thanks for all that you have, because when you think you got it bad, trust me, [/one_fourth] [one_fourth_last] someone else has it far worse. NEVER GIVE UP, AND NEVER LOSE HOPE!  (Isaiah 40:31 – but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.) [/one_fourth_last] [dashed_divider] [/dashed_divider] [onehalf] As the event began to conclude, the names of children who were battling cancer, or who were survivors was announced, and this stoic young man’s name was called!  Shortly thereafter, I decided to call it a day.  As I walked back to my car, and as my God would have it, [/onehalf] [one_half_last] I found myself once again walking behind the same young man.  I took a minute to thank him for inspiring me and the look on his face was like “you talking to me?”  Unknowingly to him, he had touched me and allowed my spirit to be blessed. [/one_half_last]




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