I have been following Miles2Give for about 6 months now, and I’ve been inspired daily by the journey that this organization is on. They’re on a pursuit to give and inspire, and they have – both inside and outside of the sarcoma community.
Inspired by their action and their heart, we are dedicating this day, January 2, not only to Sarcoma Awareness but also as a tribute to Miles2Give and all of the good work that they are doing. We have seen it, and we have felt it.
Our activprayer community was touched by our own sarcoma warrior, Christine, who recently tested cancer free and is celebrating the New Year as beautiful and joyful as ever. Could we make this an annual tradition, even? I don’t know. But on this January 2, 2015, we will unite our own miles to Landon and his team and all of the many hearts who have been affected by this disease.
The Miles2Give story is amazing. One day at work in Glendale, Arizona, Landon Looper’s friend Ashley couldn’t lift her foot. In November 2009, she was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma. Having sarcoma hit so close to home inspired Landon to take action by dedicating the actions that he loved – in his case, running – to an intention greater than self. He started out by organizing a few friends to form “Team Ashley David”, and they ran a marathon relay race for her on Valentine’s Day, 2010. Ashley would eventually lose her battle to sarcoma cancer in late 2011, but its activation of Landon would not pass away, and I don’t believe that it ever will. That’s because since that first decision to run in her honor on Valentine’s Day of 2010, the inspired action continues on.
In 2013, Landon and team left from Ocean Beach (San Francisco, CA) in a Winnebago named “Life Elevated” and ran for 157 straight days – often sleeping on the side of the road- to Ocean City, MD, and they dedicated each and every mile ran to 270 sarcoma warriors worldwide.
In 2014, Landon and team left from NYC and ran counter-clockwise around the perimiter of the United States – over 10,000 – sending updates along the way and accepting Dedication requests from people around the world who either asked them to dedicate miles to their intentions or joined in by running themselves.
Landon’s 2014 quest finished up in December, but it lives on. Just because he is done running does not mean that the inspired action dies. We know that it never does. That’s what activprayer is all about. We have miles2give, and workouts to give, and little inspired action to give 365 days a year. And since running is a gift that not all of us have been given, those miles can come in many different forms. What is important is this: that they are transformed from ordinary miles to extraordinary miles. And we know how to do that.
Landon, even if you did not raise a single penny from your runs across the United States these past two years (I know your goal in 2014 was $500k), then those miles would still possess infinite value because they were sanctified, they were set apart, they were dedicated to an intention greater than self. They weren’t run like normal miles. They weren’t run like I have run many days in my life simply because I wanted to feel good afterward, or get in shape for the summer beaches. Your team was running inspired by something bigger than any of that, and it showed. I know some days may have been uncomfortable and hard, too, but maybe that small bit of suffering that you endured willingly is an important part of the experience because it allowed you to be united to all of those who suffer from sarcoma and didn’t choose to. It all matters. Every action matters. And you have chosen yours well, my friend.
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