This coming Saturday, my family and I will be traveling to Duluth, MN to participate in the Nancy English Memorial 5K. I’ve mentioned in the past that sometimes races raise money for charities that I can feel good about supporting. This is one of those races. In fact, that really is the reason we go to this particular 5k. After Nancy passed away unexpectedly in 2008, her family organized the Nancy I. English Memorial Foundation and the Nancy English Memorial 5k. The Foundation awards scholarships with preference given to female non-traditional students with a strong record of community service (though others may also apply). This seems a very fitting memorial for a woman who went back to school to become a doctor while raising a family, who positively impacted the communities in which she lived, and for whom running was one of many passions. I didn’t know Nancy, but I can only imagine that she would be proud of the legacy that she has left, and honored by the Memorial Foundation that her family has created in her name.
I can easily see part of Nancy’s legacy in her daughters. Faced with such a tremendous loss, they quickly looked for a way to give back to their community and honor their mom. This is definitely one of those races I feel good about supporting. Honestly, I wish this race didn’t exist, and that these young women still had their mom with them. Since that can’t be so, I do want to support them in their efforts. What a wonderful way to celebrate their mom’s life and create something so positive out of tragedy.
If you live in the Minnesota/Wisconsin area, you may want to join the 5k fun, knowing that your race fee will help provide scholarship money to a deserving student in the area. If you’d like to learn more about the scholarship program and how you can help, check out the Foundation’s website.