“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful and committed group of individuals can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has!” -Margaret Mead
I continue to be inspired by the countless gestures of selflessness in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon tragedy. One significant example of the outpouring of support is the $26,235,845 currently raised by The One Fund, one-third represented by private donations. Corporations have obviously stepped up, including the $1 million donated by New Balance!
We are witnessing the best of humanity as we unite through our recovery.
At the Marathon Coalition training on Saturday, Ace Samz, provided an inspiring speech about his experience at the finish line and the importance of not allowing this event to dampen our spirit for running the Boston Marathon or for living life. He assured us he would be at the finish line supporting his girlfriend (Marathon Coalition runner Natalie Noir) next year. I am hopeful he may actually decide to run Boston…no pressure! Ace was holding yellow balloons near the location of the first blast…you may have seen them being released in news footage. He was hospitalized with non-life threatening shrapnel wounds and his prognosis is extremely promising.
Dawn Guarriello (wife of Marathon Coalition coach, Greg) also spoke about her efforts to assist the numerous victims dealing with physical challenges. Dawn works for an architectural firm and has formed a group of caring individuals trying to unite with others to help so many be more comfortable in their homes once they’re released from the hospital. Dawn described how many people have offered their time and services to assist in this effort.
Renovate For Recovery (https://www.facebook.com/RenovateForRecovery?fref=ts) is certainly making a significant difference in the lives of so many.
The unity that we are witnessing is an example of how similar we are. Despite all the differences on the surface, we all care about one another and we have a relentless desire to help those in need. While our numbers are in the millions, we are all just one person in a small group of thoughtful and committed people trying to change the world…and we are!