Doing What We Do Because of Tyler

AWESOME!! That is exactly what my step-daughter, Erica, is saying here……and it truly was awesome! The entire morning:)

We were at a 5K Race to benefit the Brain Tumor Society. The weather was perfect. The energy and mood was exhilirating and we both felt so good doing something so positive to honor our sweet Tyler.

Actually this whole week that they have been here visiting has been fantastic and I wasn’t sure I would really have (or make) much time for the computer but I just so wanted to share a few pictures from the race (and I’m sure I will share more later of Miss Roo!!)

The race was downtown on Pennsylvania Avenue and followed the same route that they use for the inaugural parade. Erica, who is a “new” runner, did the runner. I did the volunteering – and cheering!!

There were 10,000 (yea TEN THOUSAND) runners and walkers! Freedom Plaza was packed – runners/walkers of all ages…survivors…and supporters/loved ones of people affected by brain tumors.

There was a Wall of Hope filled with photos remembered by loved ones. Of course, Erica ran to honor her brother. It really was touching and heartbreaking to see all the faces…especially all the children and babies represented on the wall.

We lovedt that Tyler’s page was located right under the words….Seek Peace!! Although most of the pictures were just of the individual – I chose a photo of Tyler and his sister:)

And what does 10,000 runners look like?? This is just a glimpse! This is a part of the survivor parade – the survivors were in yellow t-shirts with the yellow balloons – that started the parade. The cheering was overwhelming!

And what was I doing while Erica was “pounding the pavement”??? Enjoying the super cool buildings downtown:)
And all the cute puppies! This is so much more my speed on a humid morning downtown:)

Crossing the finish line!!
It was a winning moment for all of us – Erica (her best time yet!), proud of her, and all of us inspired – again..and still! – by Tyler:)

16 thoughts on “Doing What We Do Because of Tyler

  1. Oh how wonderful!! 🙂 I loved the thoughts and pictures. It is wonderful to have such an activity to put energy into to hopefully prevent the pain from hitting another family! Enjoy your family while they are here. 🙂

  2. What an inspirational post. I LOVE it and I am so glad you took the time with your company here to post it. Soo many people involved. ENJOY your time with your family. HUGS AND BLESSINGS, Debbie

  3. Very inspirational and powerful post. What a wonderful way to honor Tyler's memory. Thanks for sharing the pictures, the cherished memories and hope for the future.

  4. So wonderful! Glad you all got to participate in such a worthy event. It looks like Erica did a fabulous job~and her best time! WooHoo!

    You wouldn't happen to be spoiling that sweet grandbaby, now, would ya? 🙂

  5. How wonderful it is to take something so heartbreaking and turn it around. I know Tyler would be so very proud of his sister, and of you, too! I just love the words right over his handsome picture… almost as if he was sending you a message. Love, peace, and joy… combined with faith and hope.. are the real treasures in this world. May all of those be found in abundance in your life…

  6. Don't you know that Tyler was beaming down from heaven as his sister ran the race in his honor. What an inspiration. 10,000 runners…that is awesome! Glad you all had a wonderful weekend celebrating your sweet Tyler. Love & blessings from NC!

  7. Hi Jenn,
    That is so neat that Erica ran in the race to honor Tyler. I know you are a proud Mom right now.
    That was so sweet.
    Know it makes you feel like you are doing something for Tyler and for others, which you are!!
    Great thing to do.
    Thanks for sharing about it.
    Blessings, Nellie

  8. What an event!!!! It always makes us moms feel good when we are doing something for our children, even though they live in Heaven and don't need a thing.

    Great post, congratulations to Erica too. 🙂

  9. Thanks for sharing your pictures. Your daughter did great! I am so sorry for your loss of your precious son, Tyler. Happy to see you are doing some great things in his memory. (The memories of him will always be with you.)

  10. This is such a great post- just touching all the way through! Erica is an amazing sister and young woman! Congratulations to her for her fantastic run- and all that it stands for.

    Linda C

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