Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The J Team

Saturday was a beautiful day! Rainy and overcast, but still beautiful to us.

So many people came out to walk (some ran!) at the Heroes for Children 5k for The J Team and show their support for Jackson. We cannot say thank you enough to everyone who braved the rain!

As the race got started, one of the founders of Heroes for Children said "What's a little rain? Their are kids in the hospital getting a little bit of chemo." Such a moving statement. It really puts everything into perspective!

A very dear friend put on her Facebook status that morning "Headed out to run the Heroes for Children 5k in the midst of rain, thunder and lightening. But ya know what? This storm ain't keeping me from running for these families who are living through the storm daily. Thankfully my GOD is the calm in all storms! GO J TEAM!!!!" (That made me cry when I read it Saturday and again just now. Thanks EW!)

What she said is so true. God is the calm in our storms. We are in the midst of a freaking scary storm. So scary that sometimes I can't breathe. But I find peace in God's word and His promise.

Sometimes this journey is lonely. Life goes on, whether we are in the hospital or on lockdown at home. We have missed birthday parties, playdates, fun times at the pool, and we will likely miss part of the holidays with our families. So it was amazing to be a part of something huge on Saturday. Not only did we feel so loved and supported on our journey, but we also helped raise money for other families as well. The J Team was 63 members strong and registration alone for 63 people is over $1200. We raised an additional $1775 for a total of almost $3000 that will go towards aiding families battling childhood cancer! I believe all of the teams combined raised over $54,000...talk about being a part of something huge! The J Team was also the 5th largest team...out of 40 teams! So awesome!!! We will be back next year too!

Hearing the crowd chant Jackson's name after we were given the award for being the 5th largest team was a moment I will never, ever forget. The look on his face is etched into my brain. Truly a top 5 moment.

{Over 700 balloons were released, each balloon representing a family aided by HFC.}

{First family 5k...a new tradition!}

{Highlight of Jack's day!}

{Families battling childhood cancer wore red HFC bandannas.}


{So proud that we were the 5th largest team our first year!}

{The J Team! This is not even everyone! Some people had already left and some were not able to make it. Thank you all SO much for supporting Jackson!}

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God
1 John 4:7



  1. I cried as I read this. Beautiful post and I could feel all the love and support for Jackson! xxoo

  2. I just read your post on Pixie Dream's blog and felt compelled to write my own post. http://heismybeloved.blogspot.com/2010/09/national-childhood-cancer-month.html

    I'll be praying for your son and Michelle for your daughter!

  3. Wow! Looks like y'all had a great turnout. Go J Team!!

  4. Found you through Michelle.

    This is beautiful..the outpouring of support from strangers is ... well, I can't even think of an appropriate word...The picture of you, your husband, and Jack=PRICELESS!



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