There are lots of things I'd like to do for 55 hours straight. I'd like to play video games, watch TV, shoot baskets, and eat for 55 hours straight. One thing I don't want do is run in a circle for 55 hours! My Uncle Greg does, though. Man he's fast! Next weekend my Uncle Greg and his friends are running in the Ultra 55 Snowdrop race for 55 hours. It is 55 hours because there are 55 cancer beds in the Texas Children's Hospital Cancer Ward. When my Uncle Greg told me about his race I wanted to help, too. I knew I couldn't run 55 hours. No way! So I asked if I could help in a different way. He told me about the Bling for Bravery program that the Snowdrop Foundation invented. They take race medals and replace the ribbons with special fancier ribbons. Then they give the medals to cancer patients after they have Chemo treatments. I knew after hearing this that the L3 Foundation could surely help!
My mom runs with Kingwood Fit running club and had a few medals to donate. She said that my buddies and I could talk to the members of Kingwood Fit about donating medals. Barrett, Michael, Jake, Nolan and I woke up at 6:00am on Saturday to ask the runners if we could have their medals. My friend Landon's dad gave us lots of medals from his triathlon club. Steve and Paula Boone are race directors in Kingwood and they gave us lots of medals, too. (They have A LOT of sock monkeys.) More friends of Mr. Ahrendt gave us some at 3B's. An instructor and body builder from Gold's Gym also gave us some. So far, we have collected over 760 medals!
My friend Landon Ahrendt was in the hospital a lot for Chemo treatments before he passed away in May. When I visited him we played video games, watched TV, shot paper baskets, and ate (not for 55 hours, but still)! There was nothing I could do to make him not sick, but I wish he could have had something to make him smile more. If these medals can make kids smile, then I would smile right back. And that’s pretty much what the L3 Foundation does.
Our new goal is 1,000 medals by December 31, 2014. There will be a drop box at Christ the King Church on Saturday, December 27th, from 6:30-9:00am near the picnic tables. The box is red with a white L3 on it. After Saturday, the box will be at the Court of Kingwood Shopping Center at 3031 Woodland Hills Drive, Kingwood, TX 77339 on the breezeway near the Better Body Personal Training store. Please consider donating any racing medal you have. Putting a smile on a kid's face is a way better way to honor your achievement than collecting dust in your closet!
Talon Balcom Age 11