What do you do with passion?
After years of wondering what a significant first step would be to support the creative community in Austin, a phone call changed everything.
I lost my cousin Caleb on February 10, 2016. Caleb was a talented musician. He loved people incredibly well, regardless of where they were. The answer was simple for him. He loved, listened and encouraged without judgement. The day marked me forever and soon after, the question of that first step was answered.
My family has gone to great lengths to love their community and beyond in honor of Caleb. The have always loved well. Caleb had incredible examples. They have not shrunk back in their grief. They are standing stronger than ever.
I knew I needed to do something here. In Austin. I had to do something with the ground beneath my own two feet. To honor Caleb and to show my love and support for musicians and those in the music industry in this weird and wonderful city. I know that more can be done to prevent more families from the same loss. There is a lot that I am unable to do on my own, but when we join together, something much bigger can happen. When we link arms and support organizations already doing the work, we get to be a part of a bigger story.
Local musicians have a gift to give the world and we need them here so that they can. I can't think of a better way to start putting feet to their passion.
I can't think of a better way to start than to run 26.2 miles to raise money for the SIMS Foundation.
The SIMS Foundation provides access and financial support for mental health and addiction recovery services to Austin music industry professionals and their families. Each year SIMS connects hundreds of music professionals with counseling, psychiatric, and addiction treatment services.
Help me make all 26.2 miles matter. In honor of Caleb and for those in the music industry in Austin.