My event is supporting a local Wish Child from Norfolk County.
Anthony is a 12-year-old boy living with cystic fibrosis. His favourite colour is blue, and he likes soccer. He enjoys BMX and scooters. His favourite movie is Fast & Furious, and he enjoys listening to pop music! We are looking forward to seeing what exciting wish Anthony comes up with!
As a child I can remember always being told that, “we are the future”. And as a child, I can remember thinking, “ok, you need to stop saying that”. As an adult, my perspective has completely changed on the topic. I can now truly understand how the future heavily relies on the youth of today. In order for communities to grow prosperous, and healthy, the children within our communities need to grow in these kinds of environments. With the ever-growing influence of media platforms –social media, video games, you-tube - I am concerned about how the youth of today are going to be affected. I believe heavily in living a healthy, active life, and that engaging in real life communication with those around us is crucial in order for society to have positive growth. That is why I have taken on the initiatives of promoting health and an active lifestyle through these fundraisers. Not only will the children see that it doesn’t take any superhuman feats to accomplish something that would otherwise be considered impossible, but we can do these things in order to enrich the lives of those who truly need it. By taking the attention away from all the superficial values that have been placed in front of us by media platforms, and putting emphasis on the values that really do matter – honesty, trust, benevolence, courage, and loyalty (just to name a few) – I believe the world can become a better place.
I recently read a really good book, called the “Cool Impossible”. At the end of this book the author encourages the reader to come up with his or her own cool impossible. What this entails is coming up with the coolest, biggest, and most outrageous or craziest dream you can think of trying to accomplish. It’s not going to happen right away, but when the thought comes to mind, you will know. Well here it is, my cool impossible: To assist in eliminating unnecessary suffering around the world. I wasn’t fully aware of this when I ran 4 marathons in 4 days last summer for Terry Fox, but when I was coming up with an idea for a 2018 fundraiser it sunk in. And that’s what led me to involve Make-A-Wish Southwestern Ontario for this year’s fundraiser.
On my 30th birthday I will attempt to run for 30 hours straight around a track in my home community. The track is a half-mile long. I will begin the run at 7am on Friday June 1 and finish at 1pm on Saturday June 2. In doing so, I will bring awareness to how Make-A-Wish Foundation falls directly in line with my “cool impossible”. There is no reason for children to suffer from chronic illnesses, and other terrible diseases, and Make-A-Wish provides a way for children who are affected, to direct their minds elsewhere, easing their pain and suffering. Doing this will obviously entail some suffering and sacrifice of my own, but it’s a necessary suffering and sacrifice. I also hope that by doing these kinds of events, that the youth of today see it, learn from it, and follow in my steps by getting active, staying healthy, and getting directly involved with their communities.