Here is the thank you note I sent out the individuals who donated.
I wanted to take a few minutes to say thank you once again for each of your contributions. Because of you, we were able to raise $1060.00 in 12 days. With the Verizon Foundations matching incentive program for employees an additional $610.00 will be contributed for a total of $1,670.00. What a success yall have made this campaign! I have never gotten involved in the community for this type of event, but I saw the flyer for this Relay for Life event at Starbucks, and for some reason I just wanted to get involved. The gates at the track opened up Friday afternoon at 5pm for all of the teams to come in and set up their campsites on the football field. So I went in and set up my area and dropped off my silent auction item. At 7pm the opening ceremonys began and a speech was given by Congressman Cuellar. The event staff also presented the cancer survivors who were in attendance with a survivors medal. One lady was 98 and the youngest was 8 years old. All of the cancer survivors took one lap, some in wheelchairs and some with the aid of a walker. The next lap was taken by the caregivers. At about 2000 (8pm) I was able to start running and ran until about 6:35 am covering 52.5 miles. There are alot of things a person can think about when running around a 1/4 mile track for 10 hours and 35 minutes and I think that I thought about alot of them. My sister recently bought me an IPOD, and thank goodness because w/o it I don't think I would have been able to make it. I also ate a piece of pizza every hour after about 10pm which helped alot. About 3 am I broke out the chocolate covered espresso beans, what a life saviour. It is amazing how after about 40 miles, how humble I felt. At 50 miles I wanted to quit, it was about 6am. I thought what is it in a person that makes them want to keep on going when they don't want to go anymore? I don't know but I got up and ran another 30 minutes. I talked to a fella as I was packing up all of my stuff, he had been out there all night. Looked to be about 16 or 17 years old and was a cancer survivor. He ran about 26 miles through the night and I said the only thing that really came to me, "Wow man, you're one tough son of a ......" One of those John Wayne sorta toughs. He said thanks for being out here and supporting the event. You could see it really meant alot to him. So maybe that's why folks get involved, because out there somewhere, someone needs you.
Thanks again for being involved.
John T. Sharp