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Since January 1, 2012, my goal is to write a daily sentence or two (or paragraph or two) about gratitude of the day and to include one photo (at least) that I took that day (but will add others from time to time). It has definitely been a challenge most days throughout the past eight years, and welcomed the challenge again this year - 2020 - Covid and all. I hope you will continue the ride with me!

Sunday, September 16, 2018

When a Picture Says It All...at Just Trying It

The alarm went off very early this morning so we could quickly get dressed and head to the Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA, to volunteer for the fifteenth race of Just TRYAN It, a kids triathlon: https://justtryanit.com/. It's kids helping kids and supporting families fighting childhood cancer. It's an awesome event and everyone had a great time; from the racers, to the parents, to the set up crew and lastly, the throngs of enthusiastic volunteers, many from the Episcopal High School. A little cloudy and misty at the start, but it then turned out to be a beautiful morning!

I believe the photos below capture the morning quite well. It is definitely an undertaking, and races are held in a few other places now (Chapel Hill, Bethesda, and looking to expand), but the mission is all the same: to help families with financial burdens while their loved one is battling childhood cancer. It's a win-win for all involved, and I am/we are thankful to help in any capacity needed (Bill did the announcing, and I helped him with the athletes crossing the finish line). Ryan worked his favorite: the transition area (where the bicycles are stationed and the need to buckle helmets and tie shoes is paramount for each participant).

So a big shout out to The Darby Family and Carrie Sloan Norry and her "staff" and volunteers who made this JTI event wildly successful!

BSoleille! The bright side of kids helping kids...


A Volunteer emphatic in cheering on one the racers, and helping her to cross the finish line!

Carrie Norry, Ryan, Bill, Terri and Mollie Darby

Ryan Darby - the RYAN the triathlon was named after

Just a fraction of the volunteers on hand today...at the finish line cheering on the racers!

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