I have never liked running. In fact, I don’t like to run unless someone is chasing me. In fact, I have a theory that helps me justify my lack of desire to run. What if God only gives you a certain number of heartbeats for your entire lifetime; why use up a bunch of them running?? But when I discovered that running might save lives, I decided it was time to change my thinking. So, this morning, while you are enjoying great music and fantastic preaching, Jill and I will be running the Aramco Half-Marathon. For those of you who might not know, that’s 13.1 miles all at once.
What lives can we help save by running on Sunday? We are running for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), a group that focuses on making blood cancers history! Did you know that every 10 minutes someone in the US loses their fight with leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma? And did you know that every 4 minutes someone new is diagnosed with one of these diseases? After doing some math, I figured than in less time that it takes to play a half-inning of baseball or a full quarter of a Texans’ game, another person dies of a blood cancer.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is at the forefront of a lot of research and it is an incredibly efficient charitable organization. The research funded by LLS has played a role in advances such as the discovery and development of chemotherapy, bone marrow and stem cell transplantation and new oral therapies and immunotherapies. In addition to investing in cancer research, they also provide critical information and support for patients and their families. They have provided over $237 million to help blood cancer patients afford health-insurance premiums and prescription drugs co-pay.
Because of the generosity of many of you and others, Jill and I raised over $6,500 for LLS! Thank you for being part of the team and praying for all those who lives have been changed because of cancer! You all are the best of the best of the best . . .