I started running in my 20s, and fell in love with it. My father died of a heart attack when I was 23, and I was determined to make a difference in my life so that my (future) son wouldn't experience the same loss at such an early age.
I ended up completing 2 marathons in my 30s, before falling into some of the same patterns as my father for 10 years afterwards. I tried joining several running clubs in the next few years, but was never able to find my old form, either getting injured after a few months or simply losing interest.
Then I found Team FX, a wonderful group of people who now feel like family to me. Two years ago I was sidelined with an injury and was unable to compete in the half-marathon, but what kept me involved was the work that Team FX does for the Austin Children's Shelter. Being able to serve this wonderful organization through running was what was missing from the other running groups I joined.
I am so thankful that I'm able to be here for my son, and to provide him with the safe and secure home that the families and children who are served by Austin Children's Shelter need.
Thank you for helping me help the Austin Children's Shelter and the fantastic and important work they do.
About the Austin Children's Shelter
Austin Children’s Shelter protects and heals children, young adults and families in need. ACS provides a safe home and supportive services for children, youth and young adults from birth to 22 who have experienced significant loss, trauma, abuse and/or neglect in their lives. Emergency shelter is provided for children ages birth to 18 years old, including teen parents in foster care with their infants and toddlers. Young men and women aged 17-22, who are “aging-out” of the foster care system, are served through a Transitional Living Program. This program provides youth and young adults with skills necessary to make the transition to independent living. In 2011, ACS provided more than 19,000 days of care for children and youth. For more information, please visit http://www.austinchildrenshelter.org.