In April 2013 two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Rebekah was there, standing with her son, who was only 5 years old at the time. A miracle saved her son's life, but her legs were shredded. Eventually she would lose her left leg. The road to healing for Rebekah and her son Noah required specialized treatment to deal with the PTSD and trauma that had impacted their lives so deeply. Through it all, Rebekah kept her signature grace and faith. I followed the story of her recovery and was so inspired by her optimism and her determination. She decided to make the rest of her life a beautiful example of triumph over evil and pain. I was so blessed to meet Rebekah live a few years after the bombing, as I invited her to share her incredible story of hope with a global women's group at my company. She is as genuine and lovely in person as the woman I had come to know and admire through the media coverage of her inspiring journey to recover and truly heal.
Rebekah's Angels was born because Rebekah realized that the specialized therapy required to enable that real healing was expensive and not easy to find. Rebekah's Angels matches families in need with the resources and specific modalities of treatment needed to restore hope to children who have suffered with PTSD and trauma. Please visit www.rebekahsangels.org to learn more about this life-changing work!
Last year I was absolutely thrilled and honored to represent Rebekah's Angels in my very first marathon, the Boston Virtual Marathon! I ran in Salt Lake City, Utah and had a truly incredible experience. I was on my own healing journey, after losing my dad very suddenly to a rare disease. I felt so much gratitude for the opportunity to take those meaningful steps that allowed me to work through some of the pain and sadness that I was feeling. Somehow I knew that my dad would have been my biggest cheerleader through the whole experience. And I knew he would be the one with the biggest smile and the biggest hug at the finish line. He always encouraged me to chase my dreams. I knew he was with me. And I know he is with me still....
I told Rebekah that I would love to run again, if it became possible this year. The day I received the call that I would have that opportunity was a day I will always remember!! What an honor to be part of something so special....helping children heal from wounds that could otherwise plague them for the rest of their lives.
Hope and healing is possible! Joy is possible! I run for joy!! I run because the more children Rebekah's Angels can treat, the more joy there will be in this world. Rebekah has given her heart and her life to this cause. When love prevails, all things are possible. Boston, here we come!! And thank you Rebekah, for bringing your beautiful light and inspiration to my life! And thank you for the opportunity to wear these wings proudly over the next 4 months.