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I Run 4 Livy

b2ap3_thumbnail_TracyTattoo.jpg11 years ago when Hailey and Livy were born, we started a journey that challenged us in every way imaginable. Livy's epilepsy and other disabilities tested us physically, emotionally and spiritually. Relationships with friends ended and our most sacred bond of marriage was strained to its limit. The biggest reason for us was the feeling of being alone and isolated. We felt like we were stranded on a deserted island with no escape. Was this how our lives were going to be forever? Would we always be scared to leave the house? Is there no one we can turn to for support?

It took a long time for us to get used to our new lives and to find strength in sharing our story and helping others. But that wouldn't have been possible without the support of some incredible people. One such person is Tracy, who we met several years ago when the organization I Run 4 was just starting out. The purpose is for a runner to be paired with a child with disabilities who is not able to run themselves. Athletes tend to be motivated individuals and knowing that every step is for another person can keep someone going when they think they have gone as far as possible.

Livy was paired with Tracy back in July of 2013 and it has been amazing since the start. Tracy is dedicated and has always kept us informed when, where and how she is running for Livy. She even sends Livy medals from competitions! Tracy and her family have held Lemonade for Livy fundraisers and they support much of the work we do through Livy's Hope.

So when I saw this image, I was brought to tears. It had a profound impact on everything I know. Tracy has literally had Livy's name emblazoned on her, permanently. She is now a part of our family and of Livy's life forever. To me, it represents the meaning of hope and the farthest thing from being alone I can imagine. Tracy will wear the I Run 4 Livy moniker with pride every day knowing that she has changed a family and will be inspired by a little girl who gives hope to so many. When others see it and ask Tracy what it means, she will be able to share Livy's story and describe to people why they should never give up.

Tracy and her family were visiting Disney in early April and it was wonderful to have lunch with them. Although they live in Texas, the miles apart seem small because Tracy lets us know that she is always running for Livy. Allison, Hailey and I are so grateful for Tracy and we are honored that she is a part of our journey.

Happy Birthday Tracy!

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Comments 7

Guest - Adelaide Dupont on Friday, 13 May 2016 09:37

Wow.

It is great to know that people are running every day for other people.

Wow. It is great to know that people are running every day for other people.
Guest - Jon on Friday, 13 May 2016 09:39

Couldn't agree more Adelaide:)

Couldn't agree more Adelaide:)
Guest - Karen Jacobs on Friday, 13 May 2016 15:14

Awesome and wonderful story. A big Thank You to ALL the Tracy's out there.

Awesome and wonderful story. A big Thank You to ALL the Tracy's out there.
Guest - Anna on Saturday, 14 May 2016 00:21

You just gave me inspiration for something....

You just gave me inspiration for something....
Guest - Johanna on Sunday, 15 May 2016 12:34

Dear Jon, Allison, Hailey, Tracy and Livy,

In a world where so many people's lives revolve around their tiny nucleus of self-absorption the five of you shine like the beacon of a lighthouse. You remind us all that though life’s lessons can feel like more than we can bear; if we keep our light from going out we will be seen by other whose lights are bright. And when we band together our lights can extinguish the darkness, weather any storm and bring the ship’s precious cargo home. Your courage, commitment, determination and love for each other are an inspiration to me. Bless you.
Love,
Johanna

Dear Jon, Allison, Hailey, Tracy and Livy, In a world where so many people's lives revolve around their tiny nucleus of self-absorption the five of you shine like the beacon of a lighthouse. You remind us all that though life’s lessons can feel like more than we can bear; if we keep our light from going out we will be seen by other whose lights are bright. And when we band together our lights can extinguish the darkness, weather any storm and bring the ship’s precious cargo home. Your courage, commitment, determination and love for each other are an inspiration to me. Bless you. Love, Johanna
Guest - Tracy on Wednesday, 18 May 2016 10:09

I forgot I could post here :) Thank you so much for the beautiful, kind and loving words! I am truly blessed to have been matched with Livy and to be apart of your amazing family!! Thank you for accepting me and treating me and my family so good!! We are in this with you and will do our part to raise awareness! I am proud to be Livy's runner! I love you all

I forgot I could post here :) Thank you so much for the beautiful, kind and loving words! I am truly blessed to have been matched with Livy and to be apart of your amazing family!! Thank you for accepting me and treating me and my family so good!! We are in this with you and will do our part to raise awareness! I am proud to be Livy's runner! I love you all
Guest - kim park on Thursday, 13 July 2017 01:47

THANKS TO DR EWOIG FOR CURING MY SON
My son has partial epilepsy for the past 18 years. Dr's have tried various means but he has seizures almost every month. The first epileptic occurred when he was five years old. i took him to a specialist who subscribed anti-epileptic medication. From then on he had to take four capsules per day, but most of the time he had seizures until I got to know about Dr.ewoig product to cure epilepsy. we order for the product, now i can tell you my son is now living a better life thanks to dr ewoig His herbal remedy is the only permanent solution to Seizure. You can always contact him through his email for more information(drewoig18@gmail.com)

THANKS TO DR EWOIG FOR CURING MY SON My son has partial epilepsy for the past 18 years. Dr's have tried various means but he has seizures almost every month. The first epileptic occurred when he was five years old. i took him to a specialist who subscribed anti-epileptic medication. From then on he had to take four capsules per day, but most of the time he had seizures until I got to know about Dr.ewoig product to cure epilepsy. we order for the product, now i can tell you my son is now living a better life thanks to dr ewoig His herbal remedy is the only permanent solution to Seizure. You can always contact him through his email for more information(drewoig18@gmail.com)
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