The San Antonio Rock and Roll Marathon was last week and some La Ha staff were up for the challenge. Led by Allison Sullivan, our Activities Therapy Director, these brave souls did what few people will ever do. Here are a few who shared their experience.
Alison Broussard, Discharge Planning
We were truly challenged by Allison and the AT Team for presenting this opportunity….what an awesome event for an awesome cause and I don’t believe any one of us will be the same for getting to participate. The pushing of one’s self in training before the event and the accomplishment of finishing the race were 2 separate journeys experienced. I’m thankful I took the challenge…I had road bumps along the way that taught me some amazing things about myself. I’m so thankful to have the group to do it with; we prayed before the race and all got started together. It was awesome!
Raymond Sherfield, LCDC, Director of Utilization Review
That’s the furthest I have ever walked on PURPOSE!
Rikke Sorensen, RN, Director of Nursing
I have now had 24 hours to reflect on the experience and I have to admit it was truly inspiring. People of all ages, sizes and abilities ran or walked through beautiful downtown San Antonio to challenge themselves for a worthy cause. I was particularly awestruck by the group of our disabled servicemen and women who came out to support the fight against breast cancer despite their own loss. I am proud of my La Ha colleagues who all came out in true La Ha spirit of support, care and encouragement. Hope we get to do something like this again in the future and would encourage all to come along and experience a unique bond with a group of colleagues.
Ari Hernandez, LPC-S, LCDC, Case Manager
My experience was a blessing! I was motivated from the beginning when signing up because of you guys, my La Ha team. Lee Roy’s prayer over us was perfect! I didn’t know I was going to be able to run with my recent injury but it was all part of my journey. I found myself emotional, praying and speaking to God; grateful for just being there and then accomplishing what I worked for: 26.2.
Allison Sullivan, CTRS, Director of Activities Therapy
The Rock & Roll Challenge came about during a discussion in my office this past spring. Alison & I were talking about her needing a challenge to motivate her…. then it hit me! Challenge the entire staff to do something big…. the Rock & Roll Marathon or Half Marathon.
To me, the race is not about the finish time; it is about the journey that all nine experienced during the course of their training. These staff overcame a variety of different setbacks and challenges during training, including one of the hottest summers on record, and they triumphed over them as they were encountered. These people are inspiring. In my book each & every one is a first place winner.
I decided after challenging the staff to do something new, big, different, possibly even a bit scary that I should step up to the challenge as well. So I used Sunday’s run as a training day for a marathon this December, which is a training day (yup, I said the marathon will be a training day) for something that is beyond outside my comfort zone…. The Big Bend Ultra. This coming January 15th I will be running 31 miles through the desert of Big Bend National Park. Keep those prayers coming!
Carla Fisher, LPC, LCDC, Solutions Assessment Counselor
Participating in the San Antonio Rock and Roll Marathon with my coworkers added to the excitement of the day. Even though I was not running with them, I knew they were out there on the course facing their own challenges. Allison sent us a text early in the morning on race day, as well as emails throughout the training months. Completing a half-marathon is no easy task, but it is good life experience and I continue to grow with each one.
Lee Roy Loeffler, LCDC, Case Manager
I have trained by myself before dawn to get to work on time, so it was the first time I had run with anyone, nor had I ever been to an event such as that. What impressed me was all those volunteers passing out water and cheering us on from the sidelines in the very hot sun all day. It was a very spiritual journey for me; I actually got all emotional a few times. True Agape love is people doing for folks they didn’t even know without any thought of reward. That’s what I saw all day and I want to do it again.