October is Down Syndrome awareness month and in order to help support awareness I added a Down Syndrome awareness button on my homepage. I also wanted to put a face and a name to DS so I would like to introduce you the cutest little 2 year old I know!!
Don’t you just want to cuddle him up?? I know I do!!
If you read my Diva Half run 3rd recap you know that I like to run for people or causes “bigger then me”. I love that someone struggling or going through hard times knows that someone out there is thinking of them, and on a slightly selfish side they really help to carry me through my runs as well. That is why when I heard about I Run 4 I was really excited to sign up.
It works similar to run 3rd, but instead of taking dedications for an individual race you become a virtual pen pal of sort with a person with special needs. They cheer you on during your runs, and you cheer for them on their accomplishments as well. It’s really a pretty cool system! I was absolutely ecstatic when I received my match and got to meet Logan!!
This is the story his mom shared with me back in July:
“Just wanted to introduce my little man to you! This is Logan, sometimes known as Yogee by his big brother Landon (almost 4yr). Watch out because he's a bit of a heart throb! He's got a birthday coming up on Aug 9 & turns 2yrs old & dreams planted that he will be taking steps without help just for the occasion. He's a little heart hero too & we celebrate his happy heart day on Dec 7-- his surgeon called his scar a zipper.... So last year for our Buddy Walk, he also has Down syndrome (Ds), we wore a shirt that says "rocking designer genes & a radical zipper" We can't wait to get to know you & yours & wanted to send a smile & a thank you!”
Of course I fell in love with him instantly and have had him on my mind for each run since. At the Neon Splash Dash I sported this glow in the dark tribute to my running buddy
I realize it kind of looks like it says rum, but I assure you it does, in fact, say run. ;)
After reading about Logan’s heart zipper I was inspired to make my own heart zipper to bring with me to my races!! It will be making it’s debut in just a few weeks at the Rock N Roll Las Vegas half marathon, so keep an eye out for it! It will then be traveling with me to each race after!!
I run 4 Logan . . . who do you run for??