The below is a letter from a young girl named Cassidy who is involved with a charity called Camp Korey, a group that serves children and families living with serious medical conditions. Camp Korey has a fundraising team that often runs marathons to help the charity’s efforts. This is Cassidy’s letter to all charity runners to say thank you and to let them know the importance of their run.
Dear Runners Who Run for a Cause,
You are not simply running a marathon. You are raising awareness for a cause. You are running a marathon for those of us that can’t run, running so more people can be positively impacted with the dollars you raise, you are running to inspire me to push myself and to do things that I don’t think I can, but one day will. You are making every mile count. And I am thankful.
I think it is an honor that someone would run for any charity, and in my case Camp Korey. Running is most likely something that most of us at camp would be unable to do. Seeing people run for charity helps inspire me to find ways to give back and also have hope that one day I will be able to represent others by running.
I would be sad if there were no charity runners because no one would know about some of the great causes out there. The fact that runners raise funds and awareness means so much to me and so many other kids.
Similar to charity teams you might have run with previously, 26 runners on Team Korey are right now, tirelessly training for the New York Marathon and raising awareness for Camp Korey, a year-round camp that serves children with serious medical conditions, always free of charge. I’ve been a camper for five years and they are running for me. When you run for a cause you change a life.
So keep running, keep training and if you haven’t already, pick up a cause, because it matters to people like me. Thank you for making every mile count.
I have a rare genetic condition called Conradi Hunermann. It affects pretty much everything in my entire body. My whole right side is three and a half inches shorter than my left, I am blind out of my right eye and deaf out of my left ear. I wear a prosthetic and a hearing aid. I am recovering from my thirty-sixth surgery. Before going to Camp Korey, I was very self-conscious, quiet, and I had low self-esteem. I was bullied at school and I didn’t know how to handle it. I wasn’t accepted at school because I was different. So therefore, I didn’t really accept myself. Camp has made me believe in myself, stand up for what I believe in, and most of all scream, yell, and dance like crazy!