Monthly Archives: October 2013

Small gestures of kindness

Small Gestures Make Big Impacts….Exactly what we want to convey at Run Towards Not From


By Patrick T. Reardon, Chicago Tribune

A couple of years ago, when my sister Mary Beth was working a part-time job at a local health club, she was asked to care for a 3-month-old infant while the girl’s mother got some needed exercise.

She cradled the infant for a few minutes. Then, quietly, the child died.

Mary Beth was shocked, of course. But she is someone who is deeply grounded. She later learned that from birth the baby had suffered from a condition that made her susceptible to death at any moment. The girl’s mother knew that. It was happenstance that the infant drew her last breath when my sister was holding her.

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Chicago Marathon latest feat for last finisher – Chicago Tribune

Not only did he do the Marathon but he founded an organization to encourage others to live life to the fullest (called Vamos)…be sure to read the paragraph in bold near the end!!!


Hours after organizers for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon tore down the time mats and the medical tents and reopened the streets, Maickel Melamed finally finished the race, the last of more than 40,000 people.

Melamed, a 38-year-old Venezuelan with a rare condition limiting his muscular strength, spent 16 hours and 46 minutes walking to the finish line, which he crossed after 1 a.m. today. The marathon’s website shows he started at 8:20 a.m. Sunday.

Chicago Marathon spokesman Jeremy Borling said Melamed’s finish time wasn’t recorded. “No timing mats were remaining on the course,” Borling said. “But obviously you can’t take away the effort.”

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Change the World With One Simple Act at a Time

this is from the Huffington Post, 100413

It says what we know here at Run Towards Not From— that one simple act can have a meaningful impact, even if you don’t realize it at the time…


Changing the world starts with very simple acts done on a daily basis. It starts first with changing our habits, beliefs, and roles we have within society, by becoming more mindful of the actions we are partaking in on a day-to-day basis. It starts with understanding our emotions, and the emotions of people around us.

1376615_10151608680645951_702280723_nI was at an airport this past weekend waiting in the security line — as I fumbled looking for my boarding pass, I apparently dropped a dollar. A lady says, “Sir you dropped a dollar,” then her son goes to pick it up, and I tell the young kid that he can have the dollar. A guy comes up to me after and said, “That was really nice of you — that kid will remember that the rest of his life.”

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