Today I created a couple Scrabble tile necklaces for a friend on the Ann’s Hope run & walk committee. Tonight we are meeting to recap the run and celebrate the success and compound results of joining together. This is a remarkable team of individuals with deep dedication and unwavering commitment. This is a team so woven in spirit that at the end of the night we were plotting our next “meeting” as we all hated to see this connection pause until we start planning next year’s event. I have so much respect and admiration for each and every member of this team led by our big-hearted and brilliant Ann’s Hope co-founders, Ann & Anne. The preliminary results are in and the data from the May 20th Run & Walk is spectacular: 2,300 participants, 167 awesome volunteers and drum roll…. more than $100,000 raised for melanoma research and education (final data still being analyzed).
Tonight we talked about everyday magic, the significance of numbers, coincidences (there are none), and little moments that stop you in your tracks pondering the reality of what just happened. I heard about a grandson and grandfather who ran the Ann’s Hope 5K separately; but in the end they finished with the exact same time. They both finished first in their respective age category. Both were honored with medals. And, they both suffered by losing a father and son much too soon as a result of melanoma.