Saturday, April 6, 2013

Run for Evan

A little over two years ago, our friends Jason and Ami English lost their son Evan tragically when he fell from the 2nd story window in their home. It was a very sobering event in the life of our church (I wrote about it here in March of 2011). It has been such a blessing to become closer friends with the English family over the past two years. We've watched them continue to mourn their son, all the while growing stronger in their faith in God's sovereignty and choosing to use Evan's death as an opportunity to bless others. This morning, our family was honored to participate in the 2nd annual Run for Evan.  Jason and Ami created this run in conjunction with the Ford Island Bridge Run to honor Evan and to raise awareness for window safety. 
Or in our case, the "Walk for Evan" Several of us that had small kiddos just decided to take our time with it and walk most of the way!
 We got to run right by the Arizona Memorial (see the background?)

Keaton was way more into the "race" part of it than I expected. He kept saying, "C'mon Mom" (huffing and puffing) "I don't want to LOSE!"

Translation: "I'm kinda much further?"
Sweet Kelsey and Luke (Evan's brother)
Keaton gave up about Mile 4 and decided to ride the rest of the the way. I was so proud of him for making it as far as he did! (Mark is digging for gold, as usual.)
Here's a little more about Evan's life and the Run. I hope his story will encourage you praise God for the blessing of our children and hold them a little tighter tonight!


Melissa Batusic said...

I remember we were there right after that happened. So, so sad! It looks like you all had a great turn out!

livinginthemidwest said...

I am so glad they did that again. I think of them so often since Evan was only a month younger than Jude. They are such a sweet family!

Good job Keaton for sticking to it for 4 miles. I'm quite impressed! I remember running at the end with Suzi last year (when she was pregnant) so we looked really impressive. :o) We actually walked most of the way but for our photograph at the end we looked like real runners. Ha.