Frater Henry Nguyen, SCJ, is in the midst of a 35-mile running challenge to support and promote Breast Cancer awareness and the American Cancer Society. A few days into the challenge, Frater Henry was working at the Catholic Social Services office in Olive Branch, MS, where he met with several new clients, including those who sought emergency food assistance.
“One client stood out in particular; she was an older lady filled with energy,” wrote Frater Henry. “As I was finishing my time with her, she shared that she is a cancer survivor. I knew that October was Breast Cancer Awareness month as I was participating in this 35 Mile Challenge. She mentioned that she was wearing her ribbon and I thanked her for sharing that personal detail with me. I told her that I was running 35 miles this month for survivors like her and others who are fighting against breast cancer. She answered saying that there was no way for her to do that much. I replied, ‘Little by little.’ She smiled. I don’t think it was by accident that I met her and for her to share her story with me. I think it was by fate that we connected for those few minutes. I look forward to my next visit with her, to share with her my progress.
“I planned to do a run on October 10; little did I know that we would be getting rain all day in northern Mississippi. But I had to get it done, for her at least. I did my 5K, and later that day I gave blood at a local blood drive because, who knows, it might save a life.
“During this time, especially with the ongoing pandemic, I know that there is only so much that each of us can do, and I must do all that I can. My goal is to raise at least $350, at $10/miles.
“I am completing this challenge for those who can’t, for my family, friends, and people like the woman I met at our office.”
Click here to view Frater Henry’s 35 Mile Challenge Facebook page. Frater Henry is pictured above at the blood drive.
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