As a surviving sister I get this amazing opportunity to run with Team TAPS. I will be running in the Marine Corps Marathon 10k event–for those of you who don’t know, that’s 20 miles less than the full marathon!
Running with Team TAPS means I get to wear a race kit that promotes their organization. On my back will be a special bib with information about my fallen soldier. Because I will be representing both Adam and this organization it will be a very emotional day for me.
TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) provides many resources for grieving families. When I first lost Adam, even though I didn’t specifically sign up for any programs, the ladies at TAPS still sent me handwritten notes to let me know they were thinking about me and my family.
My favorite service they provide is the Good Grief Camp for young children. I had the chance to go on a mission trip with Adam to a church in inner city Philadelphia. We ran a VBS for local children. There was a little boy who was really drawn to Adam. He wanted to be held or ride his shoulders all day. Adam gave so much love to that little boy in that week. He wanted to be there for him, just like the mentors who volunteer at the camp intend to be there for the kids.
Another reason I adore this organization is their ability to show the world the reality of families’ grief. When you hear a news story about a helicopter crash TAPS will make a post on their social media to SPECIFICALLY NAME the soldiers, to honor their service, and to remind everyone there is a family out there whose loss is really new.
Because they have touched my life and because I believe they will touch many more I am proud to represent them and I hope you will support me in fundraising for the organization.
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