Today, Wonder Souls, is a special day.
Truly, a spectacular day by anyone’s measure and let me say, first off, this is not an autism related post.
Once upon a time, back in 2009, a young man was in an accident. A bad accident. So bad was his traumatic brain injury that he had to be put in an induced coma for quite a while. When they took him out of the coma, the damage was significant. The boy had to relearn a LOT of things. Actually he had to learn everything all over again. Walking, talking, feeding himself. Nothing was easy. Even after six months in a rehab facility, it was still hard and he had much to learn and much work to do.
Here’s the video of Josh. It’s nine minutes and worth every single minute. Especially today!
Lucky for Josh, he comes from this amazing family. Back before the accident, Josh and his dad used to run together and his dad and his aunt made promises to Josh that one day, they would all run again together. Despite how hard the road ahead appeared to be, they vowed to work as a team, tirelessly, and make it happen.
Did I mention they are amazing people?
Did I mention his aunt, who had never run before, started running soon after that?
Today, after five years of working hard and after the aunt-that-had-never-run has logged over 1000 miles in marathons, half marathons and 100 MILE runs, the ENTIRE family will be running in the Modesto Marathon. Yeah, I really did just type that. Today it happens.
Today is the kind of day promises, dreams and miracles are made of.
Today is the day when we all get to see what a difference family commitment and prayers can make.
Today, unfortunately, I cannot be at the marathon since I have to keep my mom hat on and take care of some sick and recovering kiddos but my heart is with the entire family and I just knew you’d all like to share in the joy of days like this when lives are changed. All who see Josh and his family today will be changed by their love and their determination.
I am wowed by them all.
Josh’s father is a boy I grew up with and I am so proud to know all of them. Please join me in sending both strength and prayers to them as they all make this significant journey today and prove to anyone watching that prayer and family are powerful. You can do anything with a committed family standing behind you and God in front of you.
These are the words his Aunt Dee wrote on her Facebook page today:
“ Josh, when you can’t run, we’ll run for you. When you can run, we’ll run with you and all the time, we’re running behind you! Run Josh…Run! Love beyond measure + 1,207 miles.”
Sparkle ON, my friends. Sparkle On, indeed :).