Big River Running Company, a running speciality store located in St. Louis, MO, made a generous contribution to L.I.F.E. this past Christmas 2014 through their community program. Thank you so much for your donation! You guys are awesome!
The following is an excerpt from an email sent out by Big River Running Company following their donation.
"Community runs deep within our mission at Big River: From our opening days we have been driven to support the dynamic running community right here in St. Louis. Our customer education clinics, trainings and camps help to foster this community by providing opportunities for hands on, in depth learning at all levels, ages and abilities. By dedicating a portion of the registration proceeds to support charitable causes we are able to give back to the sport we love. When you learn with Big River, you give back too!
Last month, Big River Running had the opportunity to donate $500 to a foundation near and dear to our hearts. L.I.F.E. began in 2003 when Eric McLean, brother of former O'Fallon Big River family member, Mike McLean, was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML). Mike competed in the Ironman Wisconsin that fall for his brother, raising thousands of dollars for cancer research and the monniker Leukemia Ironman Fundraiser for Eric (L.I.F.E.) was born. Team L.I.F.E. is a group of athletes committed to raising awareness, fundraising and racing to help other children and families affected by cancer. Eric passed away in August of 2012, but his legacy remains strong. L.I.F.E not only donates to important cancer research initiatives, but provides assistance and scholarship programs for youth affected by cancer.
Thank you to L.I.F.E and for all of Big River's clinic participants for helping to make a difference in our community!"
Good luck to Erin Koerner at the Ironman Arizona tomorrow 11/16! Erin is a member of Team BBMC and Team LIFE and has been fundraising for our cause in honor of her father's fight against cancer. She will be #1144 and will be donning her orange LIFE singlet for the 26.2 marathon of the event.
Follow her race live by clicking here. Best of luck Erin and GO TEAM LIFE!!
This past month, L.I.F.E. was contacted by Alyson P., a young woman from Wisconsin battling colon cancer. Ali was interested in spending some time at Camp Mak-A-Dream in Montana, an 87 acre facility that provides medically-supervised, cost-free Montana experiences, in an intimate community setting, for children, young adults and families affected by cancer. But she couldn't afford the travel expenses to do so. Thanks to donations from our many supporters, we were able to send her! She put together a fun video documenting her trip, and thought we would share it with you! In her words "I met so many wonderful people here, and made so many friends, and just had so much fun over the past 5 days that I don't want it to end, and I don't want my friends to go home. But the cool thing is that now I have friends all over the country, and Canada."
We're so glad you had a wonderful time Ali! You're an amazing person!