One gift: A story about what happened at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure


A couple of months ago, I participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure with my mother-in-law, a breast cancer survivor. Here’s a picture of us before the race:

susan g komen race
Most of Mike’s family was there, along with our two kids. It was an incredibly inspiring morning.

And in the middle of thousands of people who came together to make a difference that day,
there was one person

who did one little thing

that made a big impact…

The year before, when my mother-in-law had finished the Race, she, like all survivors, had received a medal at the finish line.

So when she walked through the finish line again this year, she looked for the place to get her medal.

She went from booth to booth, but every booth she checked had already run out.

Then a woman in a pink survivor shirt walked by with a medal around her neck.

My mother-in-law stopped her and asked where she got it.

“Didn’t you get one too?” the woman asked.

“No,” my mother-in-law answered, “everywhere I’ve looked, they’ve run out.”

And that’s when the woman reached down and took her own medal off. “I’ve been cancer-free for ten years,” she said, “and this is my tenth year at the Race.”

She leaned forward and placed the medal around my mother-in-law’s neck. “Here. It’s yours now.”

They hugged and cried, and in the same way my mother-in-law has inspired so many people with how she’s overcome cancer, that woman inspired her.

I don’t know if the woman will ever understand how much her act of giving meant that day.

Because she gave much more than a medal.

She gave inspiration.

And encouragement.

And hope.

And it was an awesome reminder that each time we give to others, we can impact their lives in a powerful way.

28 Comments on One gift: A story about what happened at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

  1. Jennifer Leigh
    August 5, 2009 at 4:22 am (9 years ago)

    My father is a cancer survivor and things like this just automatically bring tears to my eyes. Funny like that. I hope your MIL takes that hope and inspiration and gives the fight of her life!

  2. Tiaras
    August 5, 2009 at 5:24 am (9 years ago)

    a very inspiring story thanks for sharing

  3. Barbie
    August 5, 2009 at 6:27 am (9 years ago)

    WOW, this brought tears to my eyes. What a wonderful act of love and hope to your mother-in-law. Thank you for sharing!

  4. CVSer
    August 5, 2009 at 6:33 am (9 years ago)

    Thank you for sharing this story! Great picture!

  5. Alicia
    August 5, 2009 at 7:59 am (9 years ago)

    What a beautiful story!!!! My mom has been cancer free for 8 years now! God is good!

  6. Run DMT
    August 5, 2009 at 8:34 am (9 years ago)

    That was a lovely story. I ran in the Race for the cure last year and plan to do so again this year. It is really inspiring to know you are helping to fight cancer with every step.

  7. blueviolet
    August 5, 2009 at 10:05 am (9 years ago)

    That is so beautiful! Having been through it with my mom these stories really hit home.

  8. Joyful
    August 5, 2009 at 10:49 am (9 years ago)

    Selfless giving. Love it! This precious lady knew the joy of giving with open fists…not holding so tightly to earthly possessions…so that your mother-in-law could experience the blessing of receiving.Beautiful example. May I be as giving,Joy

  9. Sweet Annabelle
    August 5, 2009 at 12:03 pm (9 years ago)

    Great story with that photo! The small acts that people do can have such huge impact – amazing!

  10. Theta Mom
    August 5, 2009 at 12:14 pm (9 years ago)

    Beautifully written. Very inspiring story. Thank you!

  11. Jessica
    August 5, 2009 at 12:35 pm (9 years ago)

    What a lovely woman! So kind. :-)Have fun at your conference!

  12. megs @ whadusay
    August 5, 2009 at 1:02 pm (9 years ago)

    What a great story – thanks for sharing! Have a great time at the conference!

  13. Sarah Dawn
    August 5, 2009 at 1:11 pm (9 years ago)

    Genny,You filled my cup to overflowing today.Blessings from Costa Rica,Sarah Dawn

  14. Simply Stork
    August 5, 2009 at 1:18 pm (9 years ago)

    what a wonderful story :o)~simply~

  15. Susie
    August 5, 2009 at 3:10 pm (9 years ago)

    That's such an inspirational story! Beautiful picture:-)

  16. Michelle
    August 5, 2009 at 4:00 pm (9 years ago)

    That was a beautiful story that brought a tear to my eyes. Thanks so much for sharing it with us!This is why I love and look forward to WW's!

  17. Stacie's Madness
    August 5, 2009 at 4:29 pm (9 years ago)

    omygoodness, make me cry, what a beautiful post!

  18. Tracy
    August 5, 2009 at 4:55 pm (9 years ago)

    Hi Genny,Just had to stop by to see your place…what a beautiful site! How I loved this story…what an inspiring and loving thing for that woman to do. So glad you shared this. Blessings,TracyP.S. Thanks for your visit and kind comment to my blog.

  19. KellieS
    August 5, 2009 at 5:59 pm (9 years ago)

    You have such great stories, Genny! I lost my mom 10 years ago to cancer, so I love hearing about survivors and how they support each other.

  20. Diane
    August 6, 2009 at 1:48 am (9 years ago)

    You brought a tear to my eyes, thanks for sharing!

  21. Kelly
    August 6, 2009 at 2:13 am (9 years ago)

    what a beautiful story! i have goosebumps! very inspriring!i've always wanted to do that walk and i'm hoping one of these years i muster up the courage to do it!

  22. RR Mama
    August 6, 2009 at 2:57 am (9 years ago)

    Wonderful story!

  23. Oliver's
    August 6, 2009 at 11:52 pm (9 years ago)

    What a story! It has inspired a post for me…thank you for sharing! Paula

  24. Kirby3131
    August 7, 2009 at 2:55 am (9 years ago)

    What a beautiful gesture of love.

  25. angie
    August 7, 2009 at 7:41 pm (9 years ago)

    Oh, this story gave me chills. What a wonderful thing to have done!

  26. Anonymous
    August 27, 2009 at 8:53 am (8 years ago)

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