The scenic Sidney Lanier Bridge in Brunswick, Georgia is not only a landmark to what is known as the Golden Isles of Georgia but also home to The Annual Southeast Georgia Health System Bridge Run. Held each year in the month of February, the Sidney Lanier Bridge is 7,780 feet long, making the Run both challenging and beautiful.
“Certified by the U.S. Track and Field Association as ‘the toughest 5K in Georgia’ participants start on the southbound side of the bridge, go over, and return back, crossing the bridge twice.” In 2013 over 2,200 participants either ran or walked across Georgia’s tallest span, raising approximately $45,000 for the Health System’s cancer care programs.”
The Southeast Georgia Health System Foundation
Established in 1994, the Southeast Georgia Health System Foundation has assisted patients and their needs through various fundraising and resource development organizations in order to provide equipment and groundbreaking programs that improve the health of all patients in the Health System’s care. The Bridge Run is one of the foundation’s main sourcing events with proceeds used in various ways to improve the quality care to Southeast Georgia Health System cancer patients.
Sharon and I were honored and blessed this past December, just a few days before Christmas, when the health care system and its foundation decided to begin gifting each of their breast cancer patients with our Got Your BackPax Support System! As we have been told by the professionals we work with in various facilities,
“These backpaxs are bringing the emotional support our patients need to go along with the medical expertise we can give them. We want to be able to accommodate the whole person and all of their needs.”
The determined fund raising efforts of the foundation and the wonderful staff of Southeast Georgia Health Systems made all this possible. Although we have sent paxs around the country for those facing the chemotherapy chair for the first time, partnering with hospital systems and local civic groups has become a paramount opportunity for us because…
….it is mine and Sharon’s goal to have our support paxs in the hands of ALL women facing chemo and what better way to make that happen then to have their health care professionals gift them one when the patient hears she needs to undergo chemotherapy.
And the Walk Begins
I was blessed to be a part of this great cause this past – Valentine’s Day – by walking those 7,780 feet with friends and fellow therapists Erika and Kelly. The briskness in the air only added to the excitement as the gusts of the chilling breeze
surprised us as we approached the bridge’s peak. If you are a follower of mine you know already that I generally run in these types of events…
…if “run” is what you call what I do!
But with the craziness of life the last few months I have been out of training and not willing to attempt a bridge with the elevation and span as does the Sidney Lanier pose…so I joined the many walkers who just took their time and enjoyed the scenery of the glistening water, the playful squawking of gulls, and the cool wintery breeze as we made our way about the course.
After all, cancer care & support was the cause!
Sharon and I share the dream of making this type of effort possible throughout this country. When they receive their Got Your BackPax Support System women not only receive items that will help them along the journey on a physical basis but also the element of hope for a brighter tomorrow.
Bridging the gap in cancer care support together,
providing order, peace and joy through a cancer care package
assisting our friends through their cancer journey