When I asked my husband how he wanted to spend his "alive day" this year, he said something which inspired me and broke my heart at the same time - a rare feeling that I believe is the foundation for goodness and change in our hearts.
Chris wants to run.
If you had the pleasure of knowing my husband before the shooting, then you know how incredibly athletic he was. Actually, he was annoyingly athletic. He was the soldier in his battalion that would wake up BEFORE required PT, just to run a little more. He was the soldier that would run alongside those striving to do better. He was the best friend helping people lose weight. He was the husband that would drag me to a track after work and pushed me to run further and faster. He always gave 110% to anything competitive, and he was an adrenaline junkie who loved the wind in his face, the trail under his shoes, and an impossibly steep mountain ahead of him.
This Friday, April 29th, I wanted to invite anyone who has the ability to crawl, walk, or run...to run a mile for Christopher Sparkman.
Someone asked me recently what Chris needs right now. He needs encouragement. He needs to know you are there. He needs a reminder that he is not just another statistic from a shooting, but a SOLDIER who still has a lot of fight left in him.
One day Chris WILL run again. Will you run for him now?
Run for Chris this Friday. Wherever you are, whenever you can.
Happy Alive Day, Chris.
- your Wife.