Dear Friends and Family,
So, I’m running the marathon... what the heck?
For the past six months I have been training, although part of me initially hoped I wouldn’t be selected during the lottery process. And while I'm fully aware of our proximity to the race - this Sunday, October 7th - I have decided to at least try and raise money for the Illinois chapter of the Nature Conservancy, an organization working to connect Illinois and Chicago residents to their local environments.
This experience has been enlightening in many ways, and allowed me to explore the boundaries of my physical and mental limits, always sharpening the meaning behind the exhausted parable, "life is about the journey, not the destination,” based on the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote, “to finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.”
Run-on sentence aside, let me tell you a little about the work the Illinois chapter of the Nature Conservancy engages in:
For the past 60 years, and at about 100 sites throughout Illinois, this organization has worked to restore and preserve prairies, savannas, forests, wetlands, and rivers. Through their efforts, new spaces like the Nachusa Grasslands Visitor Center have opened up to the public, and trained volunteer stewards regularly lead trail building hikes, coordinate invasive species control, and facilitate native plantings in places like the North Park Village Nature Center, Burnham Wildlife Corridor, and Calumet Region. These projects are just a small portion of the work they do, so if you would like to learn more, just follow the link below:
Any amount, be it $5, $10, or $1,000,000 will be greatly appreciated! Thank you all so much for your support, I’ll see you on the other side of the finish line!