“When you drop a pebble into a pond, ripples spread out, changing all the water in the pool. The ripples hit the shore and rebound, bumping into one another, breaking each other apart. In some small way, the pond is never the same again.”
― Neal Shusterman
So, I’ve been told that I have a wide reach with this blog. More than once, I’ve had a person mention something to me about how a particular entry really affected them – and I was shocked because I didn’t even know the person was a reader at all. It makes me proud when that kind of thing happens. It’s like the quote I posted above, you know? No matter how small you think your little pebble is, the ripples will spread out in a way you may have never even imagined. How cool is that?
Well, guess what? Now, it’s your turn to drop your pebble.
I’ve decided that I’m going to bank on that ‘wide reach’ thing being true, and use my blog for something that I think is extremely important.
I want to tell you about my friend Jay Erwin. Up until August of 2013, Jay was a runner. And an awesome runner at that. In fact, he was a co-founder of the Boone Running Club – a club whose Facebook group has provided invaluable information and race info to me ever since I became a runner. In fact, it was the basis for the Ashe Running Club page that I and a friend recently started for our area as well. (Talk about your ripples, right?) Jay reached out to me many times on Facebook to encourage me as a beginner runner and was very instrumental in working with me to continue moving forward to reach my running goals. And I am just one voice in the pond, so to speak. I know there are many, many others who would tell you the same thing.
Well, now, it’s time to repay Jay.
In August of 2013, Jay was involved in an accident. Here’s a portion of the story in Jay’s words:
” I had an accident on 8/24/13….I was cutting a tree down and it fell on me. My son who never had CPR training saw that I had no pulse or heartbeat and he gave me CPR. I believe the hand of God helped him. I was revived by my son and soon after that I was flown by helicopter to a Trauma unit in Johnson City, TN. I died two additional times on the helicopter, but came back. Surgery was administered to my spine and left shoulder. My left shoulder was completely smashed, but corrected and I had two rods inserted to stabilize my spine. I started coming around after 16 days. I was in Johnson City for 18 days and then I was transferred to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, GA. At the Shepherd Center I rehabbed and learned how to live again….I was at Shepherd for about 100 days and I got to come home just before Christmas…”
Wow. Once a runner, and now Jay will never even walk again. Can you imagine? I mean, really. Can you?
I’m guessing probably not. But you know what you can do? What we can all do?
Now, obviously, none of us can turn back time. We can’t go back and take away this accident. We can’t give Jay his running legs back. But what we can do is reach out to help him in this time of need. How can we do that?
A company called Mobility Solutions is sponsoring a contest. Three lucky winners will be chosen to receive a wheelchair-accessible van that will aid Jay and his family tremendously. As you can imagine, their whole world has changed drastically. Getting Jay from point A to point B requires great effort. This van would change his life in ways that those of us who just hop in our cars to go from here to there could never even begin to imagine. And how does he win it? Simple.
He just needs votes.
All you do is click on this link. Register (you can register with your Facebook account if you’d like) and vote. Vote, vote, vote. Vote every day. That’s all it takes!
And if you want to help even further, join Jay’s Facebook group and get tips on answering the daily “extra vote” question to gain not one, but TWO votes per day. Jay is not in the lead, but I think that with our help, he can be. Surely taking a few seconds out of each day to vote for this well-deserving man is something that you can do, right?
Time to toss your pebbles. These ripples are going to mean more than you can even imagine. In fact, let’s start a wave, people. Shall we?
Please, please vote. Our friend needs our help.
“It is one of the beautiful compensations in this life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson