What a glorious thing I was able to witness and participate in this weekend. Baby girl's cross country coach wanted to teach his team that everything in life is not all about them. Grand concept for teenagers to learn especially these days, right? Anyway he is a wonderful coach and teacher because he cares so much for these kids beyond his classroom doors and beyond what they do on the track. He is a fine christian man who loves the Lord. Any way he came up with this idea for a 24 hour Going the Distance run for St. Jude. His idea was that we would have someone on that track for a full 24 hours and possibly get donations to help support that. He and his good friend who is our girls basketball coach and also a fine christian man came up with the idea and organized the whole thing. TWO MEN ORGANIZED IT!!! Ha ha! Their goal was $4,000. The kids worked hard to raise money in the weeks prior to the event and that goal was met before the event even started. They started running at 7 on Friday evening while our first home football game was being played. We won by the way - Go Panthers!!! The Lord provided us with some incredible weather all day Saturday and the track was full.
On Saturday afternoon a young lady named Sarahbeth showed up. She is 16 and has cancer. Some long named kind of cancer that I can't even spell much less fathom that my child would have. She is the epitome of grace, beauty, and God's glory. She came and helped work the event, visited with the kids and beamed the whole time so humbled by what our school was doing for a place that is life to her. At the end of the event our coaches were physically and emotionally exhausted. This is what they were able to show Sarahbeth we had raised:
All the girls wanted their picture made with her: