by Alison Qualter Berna
There has been a lot of media follow up about the Grand Canyon adventure and my blind friend Dan’s journey losing his eyesight, facing depression, but then fighting it to become a runner and an inspiration to many.
This particular media story in the Denver Post stands out as one I wanted to share with apple seeds families since it highlights the letters that my daughters Maddie and Sydney wrote to me on the night before my 46 mile adventure. I opened up the letters at about mile 36, at 3:30am, looking at a full lunar eclipse, completely exhausted and wondering if I could continue on for another 10 or so miles with my four very strong ultra-athletic friends. I was holding on to the letters until “that moment,” the one I knew would hit each of us, the moment I started to feel down and overwhelmed by the whole thing. As I pulled them out of my Camelbak and began to read, the tears began to form as I read phrases like, “I just know you’re going to make it!” and “You’re almost there, you can do it mommy!” and “Finish that dream you had a long, long time ago!” How could I NOT keep going? If only for my kids?
Here is the article!