by Vickie S. Watson, Community Relations Specialist

As I ponder the whirlwind of activities that surround our upcoming Race to Remember this Saturday, March 4, my mind turns to the patients and families we serve.  They are the very reason for our Race to Remember.  They are the reason many people run.

In Hebrews 12:1, scripture says, “let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”  My take on that excerpt of scripture is not an actual physical race, but rather our race – our life – the race of a lifetime.  and that is why our Race to Remember was launched twelve years ago.  It is to help people finish the race of their lifetime.  It is so we can journey with people as they come to the finish line – and so they can finish well, with peace, comfort and dignity.  It is also so we can companion the families and caregivers along the journey and even after their loved one passes as they navigate their grief.  You see, the Race to Remember has a far more profound meaning than a 10K, 5K or 1 mile fun run.  Every step that is taken, every time a foot hits the pavement during those routes, it is making a difference in our ability to serve patients and families.  YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE in someone’s race of a lifetime!!

So, I will leave you with a final quote from scripture.  I Corinthians 9:24 says, “Run in such a way that you may win.”  In this case, winning is not beating the other runners. The prize is becoming a champion for our patients and their families.  If you do that…you are always a winner in our eyes.

Runners, running a race.