Run Against HIV/AIDS – Come Join Us!

If you live even remotely near Seattle, come join me (and a bunch of my kids), on Oct. 10th in the:

Overlake 5K: Race Against HIV/AIDS

This is what the Overlake Christian Church website says about the race:

The Overlake 5K: Race Against HIV/AIDS will benefit two non-profit organizations (one local and one international) that are tremendously effective in helping people impacted by HIV/AIDS.

REACH MinistriesREACH Ministries of Tacoma specializes in caring for children and families and has recently expanded its services to meet needs in 12 states. REACH also offers an annual camp that provides HIV/AIDS affected families a SAFE HAVEN, together.

Living Hope Community CentreEach year, Living Hope Community Centre in Cape Town, South Africa offers medical care and prevention programs to thousands of people. Working primarily in slum communities, Living Hope holistically addresses HIV/AIDS issues by teaching life skills, providing home-based care workers, counselors, medical professionals and much more.

Come and walk or run the course with us. Ladybug and Honeybee are hoping to run the 5K, although they haven’t started training yet. Dimples and Boo will be running the Fun Run. Hopefully Sweet Pea, Mimi, and Noah will also be running with me. I’m bringing along my friend Michele who will have run the Portland Marathon the previous weekend, so this will be a relaxing jog for her.

This is a great opportunity for us to gather and support the work of those who are caring for those affected by HIV/AIDS. I love the fact that Overlake chose both a local and international organization to support!

I hope to see you there!


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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.


  1. Laurel
    September 24, 2009

    Wish we were going to be home from our road trip by then. Sounds like a fun day, and great organizations to support.


  2. Andrea
    September 25, 2009

    lol, not even remotely close to you, but will cheer you on from here! ;o)

  3. Paul and DeeDee
    September 25, 2009

    Michael says he should have the Race Matters resources on the website by Monday. here's the link

  4. kelly
    September 29, 2009

    I'm excited for you guys–this sounds like fun. I wish I could join but unlike Michele I will still be flat on the couch a week after Portland! 🙂 The running group is on a little hiatus but I hope you can join us again later this fall!


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