Bekah’s Watermelon Run: Love In Action
This September, the “L” family of Colorado honored the memory of their daughter Bekah by holding a birthday party in the form of a fundraising run to celebrate her life.
First, we want to tell you a bit about Bekah. Before becoming part of her forever family, Bekah was a part of the LWB family when she lived at our Heartbridge Healing Home. Several months after her adoption, Bekah tragically passed away following surgery (read more from Bekah’s family in the blog, “Bekah: Our Girl, Forever and Ever“).
The impact of Bekah’s life on people far and wide cannot be exaggerated, and her family decided to help “other little Bekahs” by turning their Bekah’s life into a legacy for others like her.
So Bekah’s Watermelon Run was born. Her family describes the day:
For the inaugural run this past September, the weather was perfect and the venue beautiful with a great view of the reservoir and Denver’s Front Range. Over 140 people registered, and over 125 participated.
The race was really fun with the watermelon (Bekah’s favorite food), the giant photos of Bekah (though these did cause more than a few tears), and the watermelon shirts and socks.
Participants included serious runners, walkers, families with strollers, to casual walkers, and two wonderful young men using wheelchairs.
As for our family…we were so encouraged by the outpouring of support over the past year, culminating in one big event celebrating the life of our Bekah. The day for us ranged from sorrow (Jeff placing the huge photos of Bekah around the course, for example),
to excitement (some visitors from far away came just for the event and to hug us),
to encouragement (wow….all these people are in some way helping more little Bekahs!), to exhaustion.
Nearly $25,000 was raised! What a true and shining example of Love In Action. This family took their deep love and grief for their daughter and took action, honoring her memory, celebrating her life, and helping other “little Bekahs” through their efforts.
We are so very grateful to the “L” family for having such a heart for helping children in need like their Bekah.
Many have asked, “will there be a Bekah’s Run next year?” The answer is a resounding “Yes!’ Here are the details:
August 27, 2016 i n Clement Park, Littleton, CO
1-lap (1.5 miles) or 2-laps (5k/3.1 miles)
Advocating for all those little Bekahs in China cared for by Love Without Boundaries
Remember that anyone can organize a fundraiser of their own via the new TeamLWB page on our website. Choose a fundraiser, set a goal, create your fundraising page (it’s easy!) — and then go put Love In Action!