January 25th, 2015

Spending: January 25th, 2015

I spent some money today.  I’m not going to tell you how much, because it doesn’t matter.  I was happy to spend it, and it felt like it was the least I could do.

Today my sister, my running buddy, and I participated in a fund-raising event.  A “fund-run” if you will.

See, last year, on December 23rd, when you were probably getting ready for Christmas and looking forward to the upcoming new year, a friend of a friend, Lisa, was being given utterly devastating news.  Stage 4 cancer.  She is blogging about her experience, and you should read it.  Beware of liberal use of the f-bomb.  I’m not sure I’d be feeling all that polite either.

Shortly after her diagnosis, her close friends decided to have a run and hopefully raise a few dollars to support her.  They figured about 40 people would show up.  They were wrong.

I don’t know if there was a final count, but my guess is that about 400 people were there.  And we raised over $12,000 for Lisa and her young family.

Lining up.

Lining up amongst the throngs.

There is this thing about money.  It’s so totally necessary, and it can be hard to come by, and hard to think about when you’re suffering.  When a person is staring down an enormous foe, it probably feels rather trite to think about cash-flow.  Unfortunately, though, money (enough money) still matters.  The money will be an enormous boon to Lisa; it’ll allow her to concentrate all her energy where it is needed.

But I am here to tell you that no matter how much money we raised today, and how crucial it is, I would still hazard a guess that it was the people, more than the cash, that made the biggest impact.  On a cold January day people came out to show that we care.

I hope that the run today is a fond memory that Lisa can look back on in the years to come.  I hope it’s fodder for her to continue being a force for good in her community (as I’m told she very much is).  I hope she has nothing but good news coming her way.  But no matter what comes, she knows that she has a crowd on her side.

These are the things that are worth everything.

So, no, today I feel nothing but good about spending money.  It didn’t bring me a possession, it didn’t provide me with stuff to clutter up my house, it didn’t satisfy a passing fancy.  It bought a little less to worry about for someone who very much needs to not worry about money right now.  It bought a little peace of mind. Stay strong, Lisa.

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