Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
September 1 – September 27 marks the days of a challenge whose causes are near and dear to my heart. Miracle Challenge is a fundraising campaign for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals that emphasizes getting up and getting fit. After selecting one of 5 different athletic “tracks”, you embark on a 27 day fitness challenge. You receive e-mails every day with motivating quotes, motivating stories about children in the hospital, and a challenge from your fitness trainer.
For me, this challenge really puts things into perspective. We all have days when we want to be lazy. I’m guilty of having days I want to skip my workout and eat cookies instead. The idea of this challenge is to be active for children who cannot run and play themselves. This challenge asks you to run for kids who are stuck in hospital rooms, whose inability to get active is not laziness but circumstance.
Imagine being a child living in a hospital for weeks on end. You cannot go on a bike ride in the sunshine with your sibling. Maybe you can go on a stroll to the hospital’s decorative fish tank if you’re feeling well, but if it’s a bad day, you might not get to leave bed at all. Instead of the rough and tumble days we imagine for most children, your days are spent with quiet artistic expressions and the comfort of a favorite movie. Your parents have created this new construct of childhood and are doing the best they can to provide you with fulfilling experiences each day, but you know you are missing out on the fun your classmates get to have.
Being a child in a hospital is hard, but the kids you meet there are inspiring. They face challenge after challenge with courage, but they need our help. Please support my participation in Miracle Challenge today by going to
and donating $1. Every dollar goes directly to CMN and impacts a child’s life. My goal is to raise $100 during Miracle Challenge because that is the cost associated with a pair of hanging basketball hoops. These hoops would provide children in the hospital with their own means of staying active, and I want to help provide kids with a normal athletic activity that makes some of their time in the hospital seem like just a day as a kid.
A special shout out to my friend, James Mason, who is going in for surgery this morning. He is on my mind and in my prayers a little extra today. I know his mom and I would appreciate you lifting him up in your own prayers.
Thank you for reading this message. If you want to get involved in the Miracle Challenge, it’s not too late! Go to www.miraclechallenge.org and register today. FTK All Ways, Always.