Chapter: Lynchburg, VA
Member Since: October 2015
Motto: “Believe you can and you are halfway there.”
Why Did You Join Team RWB?
“I saw my first red Eagle Shirt September 2015 at 9/11 Memorial race in Lynchburg. I asked gentleman what it was all about and he shared Team RWB with me. I googled it when I got home, read about it, and found that Lynchburg didn’t have a team. I contacted Team RWB online and soon received a response from Brennan from corporate office in DC. That is where the journey began. I signed up for the Marine Corp 10K in DC that October. I met Brennan at Starbucks in DC the day before the race to talk with him, and discuss starting a team in Lynchburg. I was all in! I ran the race the next morning with thousands of other people. It was truly an honor to be there running that race. It was the first race I ran without stopping. One of the truest statements you will hear me say over and over again is, that I didn’t find Team RWB. Team RWB found me. I needed this team so much and still do. I have always had the heart for the military. Many in my family and my friends have served, and continue to serve, and I was a military spouse for 20 years.”
What has Been Your Favorite Event or Experience with Team RWB?
“The friendships I have made. My EagleFamily. I have met some amazing people, ran races I never thought I could accomplish, do things I never thought possible This team has taught me everything is possible, and never give up! Team RWB found me September 11, 2015 when I needed it the most. I was in a place where I needed to stay busy, have purpose, and support veterans. I never want a single veteran to feel alone, or without purpose. I want to reach the unreachable especially those with PTSD who need someone to be there and just listen. I want to help military spouses that are going through tough times while their soldier is deployed, or those suffering from the effects of PTSD. There is hope, there is a way, and there are people who do care just like myself.”
How Do You Serve Your Community?
“I just try to meet the needs of my community when through being a devoted leader on Team RWB, volunteering when I can at either Salem VA hospital or other local organizations. I also make myself available to any civilian or veteran who needs to talk. I always try to put myself in their shoes, and sincerely listen.“
What Inspires You?
“I find inspiration in the everyday. Even days I feel weak, and having a bad day, it usually turns around by a smile or kind gesture of a stranger. I’m inspired by those who push through difficulties, and always have a positive attitude. It’s contagious.”
How Has Team RWB Impacted Your Life?
“It has taught me to believe in myself, and my capabilities are endless if I push through my fears. And it’s never about me. It’s about being a team.“
What Would You Say to Someone Who is Thinking of Joining Team RWB?
“Why not? It’s a wonderful opportunity to give back and meet some of the most amazing people on Earth!”