The last 8 years have been HUGE for me, but there are two things I'm particularly proud of:
1. I became a pretty decent distance runner
2. I've been a Big Sis to the incredible kiddo in the photos above, Cassy
This year I'm finally using one of my races to support for the organization that brought Cassy into my life and continues to support us, 8 years on: Big Sisters of BC
Cassy is turning 19 this spring! She's going to graduate from high school around the same time, despite a TON of barriers to getting there. She and her mom both say that Big Sisters played a huge role in getting her to this point.
Now that she's a cool teenager with a social life, I only see her once or twice a month—but for our first 5 years, we spent time together every single week. That's more than I've been able to see even my closest friends—so this bond is tight.
I'm SO FRIGGIN proud of this kid. She is incredibly smart and self-aware, has a wicked sense of humour, and has developed a sweet sense of style and a legitimately good flair for makeup artistry. I can't believe I've gotten to be a central part of her life for so long. It has been life-changing for me.
I want so many other "Bigs" and "Littles" to have this experience. So, this time when I run 21.1k, I'm doing it for that reason!
I've committed to fundraising a minimum of $400 for Big Sisters, but I'd love it to be more.
Would you consider supporting me so that more girls (big and little!) can benefit from this kind of connection?
ABOUT BIG SISTERS:
Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland has been igniting the potential of young girls since 1960. Through our programs, we help youth acquire the confidence they need to become their best selves. With the support and help of over 700 volunteers, we establish caring and supportive lifelong friendships that result in Little Sisters who are three times more confident about themselves, driven to take on new challenges such as post-secondary education, and become the strong leaders of tomorrow. With research showing that 1 in 10 kids in BC Lower mainland don't believe they have a single adult they can count on, it is integral that we recognize mentorship as a necessity in a young child's life.
Support our Runners to help us ensure that every young person in BC Lower Mainland has the caring mentor they need. Donations directly support Big Sisters mentorship programs. Thank you for your support!