If you asked me to describe the weekend in 2 words or less, those would be the words I would use. Many of you who have been reading/following along with our story know that last Saturday, June 1st, was our first annual Harrison’s Heroes 5k/10k. When my family all sat together after Harrison had passed from Trisomy 18, we talked about wanting to put on a run. We had ran many races, but never sat on the other side, which was organizing, and putting on a race, let alone 2!
Fast forward almost an entire year, and I cannot begin to describe how blessed and overjoyed I was. Throughout the entire week leading up to the race, I was worried about the weather. It was forecasted to POUR down rain and storms Th-Sunday, and my mind was flooded with doubt about how weather would ruin our race.
Once again, God proved to me how HE works. Saturday morning, 0545, I am in the parking lot of where I hope lots of people show up. The skies are overcast (which is actually perfect race conditions), and God continually answers prayer after prayer after prayer.
People start showing up around 730, and in my head I am thinking about how we are actually about to have a race. I was so happy to see Aleisa Yusko come. Many of you are also familiar with little Nora Yusko, who is a little over the age of 1 (!!!!!) and kicking trisomy 18′s butt. The Yusko’s mean so much to us, and it was great that Aleisa and her friend Kate could come. Little Nor Nor was supposed to come, but illness stopped that. However, it did not stop Nor Nor from having her own race later on in the evening, sporting the honorary bib #1.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, I could type 100,000 words about that photo. That photo epitomizes WHY we do Harrison’s Heroes. Children like Harrison and Nora are why we will continue to do Harrison’s Heroes for as long as God allows us.
Needless to say God completely blew me away once again (seems to be a theme, eh?) when the final tallies were taken down. We had over 550+ people show up, and we donated $8,000 to the NICU at Dayton Childrens. I mean WOWZA, this was our first year! Can you imagine what we can do in year 2? My dad (Poppi) and I had no experience, yet God blessed us with incredible resources to get this race done.
There are MANY people that need to be thanked for this. First and foremost, my family. Emily, Dad, Mom, Jess, Evan, TJ, Holly, Breanna, The Davis’, you are the bomb. To the other extended family and dear friends who helped put things together, sponsor, volunteer, traveled from crazy distances just to run, THANK YOU. To all of our sponsors for the race, from Neace Lukens and Days of Discovery, to CBD advisors, DEF corp, Advanced Wildlife Management, Atlantic Sign Company, Air Force Association, PuroClean of Dayton, Avid Sports Apparel, and Sign-o-Rama, THANK YOU.
I want to thank those who volunteered and also ran. I hope that next year we see many of your same faces, but also new faces as well.
I want you to prayerfully consider joining us in 2014 in some capacity. Whether that is to run, sponsor, volunteer, pray, or whatever else, we would love to have you. May 31st, 2014. Mark it in your calendars! And finally, I leave you with some pictures from the race.
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