My name is Shilpa and I am a runner. Running has seen me through some trying times and helped me cope with life's problems, ...particularly in recent years. This run touches me in a profound and personal way and I hope others will jump in to help the causes that will benefit, because none are more deserving.
A little about me... My son, Austin, was diagnosed with a brain tumor when he was just three years old. His cancer was in remission until last May, when at age 11 he developed radiation necrosis, an incurable form of cancer. I lost my son just five months later in October. He was an awesome kid with an unbelievable faith; and he loved his family and friends (hence the name of the race). I run marathons traveling to all 50 states to run do so. My boys--Austin included--often traveled with me and ran 5K or 5-mile races if they were offered. Running has provided incredible family memories for us and enabled us to do so much together in the short years of Austin's life. It is truly therapeutic and I want share this experience with others.
I have selected several very deserving charities to benefit from race proceeds--all for very good reasons personal to Austin and our family:
- Kanakuk Camps Austin attended Kanakuk Camps every summers and it is there that he developed such a strong faith and was never afraid of dying. - Make-a-Wish Foundation Austin loved attending Make-a-Wish events and speaking at the events to help raise money for kids to have a truly magical experience to escape their normal routine full of treatments, hospital stays and doctor visits. - YMCA Sports Austin played soccer for Coach Rick and built great friendships enjoyed other YMCA activities with his friends.
All three of these organizations embody the concepts of faith, family and friends--which meant everything to Austin--and through the dedication of so many bring the three together. I can't wait for the opportunity to run this race--for Austin, for them, and for all of us. Before the race we are going to do a balloon release for anyone who may want to send a message to his or her own loved one in heaven. Please join us!
Packet pickup is at Elite Feet, Friday September 23 from 2pm to 7pm and on Saturday September 24 from 7am to 8:30am at the Mitch Park YMCA.
If you would like to be a virtual runner or just want to make a donation visit https://occf.org/onlinegiving/.com
In the fund name, enter Big A Charitable Fund. This is a charity in Austin's memory.