Thank you for checking out this opportunity to support Smile-A-Mile. Smile-A-Mile started more than 30 years ago with just a single summer camp session for children in Alabama with cancer. Over the years, they have grown to be a year-round program that serves children and their families from diagnosis and through the years beyond treatment. Their purpose is to provide hope for these families through their cancer journey.
***100% of all money raised goes directly to Smile-A-Mile***
Today, I am reaching out to you for your support for Smile-A Mile and all the families they help. On May 30, 2020, I will be running 42 miles in a single day from downtown Opelika to Camp SAM at Children’s Harbor. I am looking for any and all donations to help show love to the children that meet me at the end of this run, cheering me on because they know others are fighting for them as well.
Let me introduce myself. My name is James Hornady and I am a Firemedic for the City of Opelika Fire Department and a Paramedic for East Alabama Medical Center. I am a husband to my amazing wife, Jacky and a proud father to my three beautiful, intelligent and most importantly, healthy children, Daniel (age 7), Aidan (age 4) and Mary (age 3).
God has blessed me with some amazing opportunities since moving from Monroeville, Alabama to Auburn in 2005 to attend Auburn University, One of the first and best of these opportunities was doing a 154 mile bike ride from Tuscaloosa to Children’s Harbor at Lake Martin in 2007 to support Smile-A Mile. My parents, Terry and Dana Hornady rode with me every year thereafter until 2011 when I joined the Coast Guard and was stationed in Washington State.
After leaving the Coast Guard in 2015, My wife and I chose to come home to Opelika to raise our already growing family. Since then, my family has worked with Smile-A-Mile on many fronts including but not limited to sponsoring a second bike ride out of Monroeville (The Cyclepath Challenge formerly known as the Kinsley Memorial Ride), ambulatory services with donations provided by East Alabama Medical Center Emergancy Transport Service for the Ride-of-Love (154 mile bike ride) for many years and helping to raise money through other events such as 5k runs and cookbook sales.
Smile-A Mile has become even more important to us throughout the years because they do help many families throughout the state, many of which we knew before cancer invaded their lives and many more which we have met through their journey. We have watched many children fight this battle and win, going on to become camp counselors at Children’s Harbor, physical therapists and medical and law students. What pains me the most though, are the ones that fight so hard and still do not make it. Their families still grieve over their losses and in that gap, Smile-A-Mile is there for the whole process.
What is also particularly devastating to us is that in the last year, Smile-A-Mile has noticed a rise in families they speak to from our area. They have already begun to address the rise in childhood cancers in the Opelika/Auburn area and truly wish to bring awareness in Lee County to what they do for the children and their families.
Thank you all again and God bless you!
James, Jacky, Daniel, Aidan and Mary Hornady