Yeah, I know the medal has 2014 on it, instead of 2015. There’s a story behind that. (Isn’t there always?!)
I’d been signing up for a few races through the Virtual Nerd folks. They sponsor races that fundraise for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and with my connection to that disease, I couldn’t resist hooking up with them. Of course, the races were cool … Star Wars themed, Back to the Future themed. (Both yet to come for me!)
A week or so ago, I got a note from them that some of the race medals from last year were still hanging around, they were selling them cheap. I was a Beavis and Butthead fan a long, long time ago, and the Cornholio medal tripped my trigger. It helped that the guys’ shirts have “Cancer Sucks” across them. My sentiment exactly.
Once I ordered, I made mention to the Virtual Nerd folks on Facebook that I’d ordered this up. I told them that I’d survived colon cancer, and that mom was fighting CML — and that both of us agreed that cancer sucked. 🙂 They were impressed by mom’s fight, and said she must be a very tough lady. Who am I to argue with a stranger on the internet!
Fast forward a few days, and the envelope came with the medal. Scribbled on the outside was “Best of luck to your mom! (one 4 her too)”. I opened the padded mailer, and there were two medals in there, one for me and one for mom.
And once again, I was reminded just how wonderful the running community is. I’m so touched by the kindness of someone to just do a simple, kind thing for another runner. All I can say to Joe and Amanda (who operate Virtual Nerd Runs) is thank you from the bottom of my heart. The medal will be in the mail to mom this week.
Oh, and the miles today were hot, but pretty easy on a flat course. There — race report done. 🙂