Greater Love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13...
Or woman, or her friends. I'm gonna make it gender friendly as this is 2009. This is a second entry dedicated to my friends that are participating in the Susan G Komen 3 day walk to find a cure for breast cancer. Why the dramatic introduction? Because one of my friends on the trek pushed himself to the point where his legs gave out on him and the medical staff encouraged him to pack it in for the day.
The fact that someone would push themselves to such limits of exhaustion for others is absolutely the highest display of selflessness and love. He was able to rest up over night and is back at it. But this act of selflessness isn't specific only to my friend. Everyone involved has given of themselves for the past several months.
Training up for the event, asking for donations etc. became the way of life and the new routine for the participants MONTHS before it ever started. Most people I know that have done the event have long lasting effects that culminate from this walk. Physical injuries such as dehydration, exhaustion and even breaks and sprains occur. The bonding that occurs over the three days is life lasting, the reflection of loved ones lost is constantly at the forefront as this is why they do this.
Along with many other reasons, the suffering of a loved one motivates a person to dig deep and go beyond what their normal limits would be. How often have you heard someone say something like this "If they could push through life with a smile while battling this life threatening disease, then I can make it a few more miles" or any variation of the sentiment.
Thank you Dain and Hula for your committment to this cause! You're keeping the candle of Hope and Inspiration lit brightly!