Recently, I learned about an awesome organization called I Run For. It all started two years ago when a guy who liked to run named Tim decided to dedicate his runs to a boy with Down Syndrome named Michael who had physical challenges that left him unable to run. Since then, Tim and Michael have created an organization that matches runners with special needs kids! The runners dedicate their runs and workouts to their buddy. You don't have to run marathons--or any races at all, actually--to be matched. The main focus of the organization is to help build relationships between special needs kids and loving adults who want to be part of their lives.
The coolest part of this whole thing is that there is a waiting list of over 2,000 runners waiting to be matched with a buddy!!!! I was floored when I found out that SO many people were excited about building a relationship with a special needs child!
I signed Abby up last week, and we were quickly matched with a buddy in just a few days. Meet Ally!
Ally and Abby ran their first 10K on Sunday! :)
Ally is the mom to a baby boy who is currently living in the UK...but get this!!! She's going to be moving to Maryland next year!!! Her husband is in the military and they have already gotten their orders. We are very excited to meet her when she moves here! Ally has been on the waiting list for Irun4 since July, and she seems as excited to have Abby as we are to have her! Abby has enjoyed getting to know Ally over the past week and seeing pictures of her. We are looking forward to building a relationship!
If you are interested in learning more about Irun4, either as a runner or as a buddy, visit http://www.whoirun4.com/
Who do you run for?!