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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 26, 2021

12th Annual JustTRYANIt Kids Triathlon today!

Many families pray and play together, of course, but for me and my family, we include an activity we all enjoy:  volunteering together—especially during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. This morning, we volunteered at the Just Tryan It justtryanit Kids Triathlon at the Landon School in Bethesda, MD.

Kids aged 5-12 swam/biked/ran in honor of another cancer kid in the battle. The racers each raised funds to help provide financial assistance to many in the DMV (Delaware/Maryland/Virginia area) and beyond. Two siblings each raised close to $9000! Wow! As of last night, this years fundraising efforts amounts to $78,000. In the last 12 years, Just Trying It has raised over $3.5 million dollars to help struggling families with their rent/mortgage payments, food allocations, uber rides to the hospital for treatment, car insurance and car notes and the incidentals that life throws at the families they are helping.

I cannot say enough adulations for this wonderful organization. They are amazing from top down!

Witnessing this event is a testament to see the will and drive on so many kids faces; they were determined to “compete,” even though the water was a wee bit chilly this morning.

For the record, Bill and I were the announcers (Bill announcing/me shouting out their race numbers) in trying to say every child’s name that crossed the finish line (about 250 racers). Olivia, her friend Bo, and Ryan all volunteered in the Transition area (from swim to bike and then from bike to run). Tying shoes, helping with helmets and clothing were their duties; plus helping them set up their bikes in the area assigned to each racer!

The day was spectacular all away around, even though we woke up at 4:30am to be at the school by 6:15 am (yes, it was still dark!).

Credit of video/photos compilation to Bo Hudson



Double Ryans: My Ryan on Left; Ryan Darby on right (This kids Tri is named after him!)

OneMinuteVideo of Day 26 of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month- Triathlon Style

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