So many times it seems like we are fighting an uphill battle to enact positive change in causes and issues we care about. There can be nay-sayers, or critics, who tell us that one person along can’t make a difference, and why bother?
Maybe one person alone can’t do everything, but one person alone can certainly get the ball started. Take Relay for Life, for instance. Relay for Life was started by one person, colorectal surgeon Dr. Gordy Klatt, who wanted to find a way to raise money in support of his cancer patients and the fight they go through to battle cancer and stay alive. It began by his pledge to run for 24-hours around the track at the local college, and friends and supporters paid cash to run with him for a time, or paid him for each lap he took, to the tune of $27,000. It was a grueling yet successful 24-hours, but Dr. Klatt began to think that if people got together in teams and spent 24-hours walking and running the track together, that more people would participate and even more money could be raised. Thus, the idea for Relay for Life was born.
Or how about the Susan G. Komen for the Cure? Nancy Brinker made a promise to her dying sister, Susan Komen, that she would help fight against the breast cancer that eventually took her sister’s life. After 30 years, the cause’s trademark pink ribbon emblem is seen on a variety of products, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the largest breast cancer organization in the world. They have invested almost $2 billion dollars for breast cancer research, and are in more than 50 countries, have more than 100,000 volunteers, not to mention the millions of cancer survivors and their loved ones who participate in support of their main annual fundraising event, volunteers. Not bad for something that began from a promise made from one sister to another.
These are only a few of the stories of about one person starting a revolution that brought about change that improved the lives of so many people. You probably know people just like Nancy Brinker and Dr. Klatt, people who dedicate themselves to helping others and motivating others to do the same. So please take some time to recognize what they do, either with a call or email, or maybe even sign up for one of their events and get involved. One person may have started the ball rolling, but together we keep it going.