Sometimes the generosity of others is simply amazing. It’s easy to forget that some days, but there really are terrific people all around us.
With the Fargo Marathon weekend approaching, I’m reminded of the gifts that others are willing to provide. In the past few weeks, I’ve witnessed strangers, celebrities and acquaintances offer gifts for a cause dear to my heart.
Jason Boutwell, a friend since our early days at North Dakota State University, begins his chemotherapy treatments this week. His battle with cancer, though, has brought hundreds of people together – rallying because Jason has had such a profound impact on so many people. His good-natured humor, ultra-extroverted personality, generosity and charismatic smile have inspired people.
Dozens of people – wearing Team Boutwell shirts – will run and walk on his behalf in various events during the Fargo Marathon weekend. One week later, a benefit on his behalf will bring a lot more together as we rally to help a family, raise funds for medical bills and create awareness and momentum to beat cancer.
One of the special gifts for the May 17 benefit has been offered by Mark Knutson, a co-founder and now race manager of the Fargo Marathon. His generosity is particularly interesting to note: Mark offered up two $100 gift certificates and race entries for the marathon.
But those race entries aren’t simply a way to run the 2015 Fargo Marathon. Mark is offering two lifetime entries into any Fargo Marathon events – a special generosity that comes from the heart. No expectation or call for attention. Just a gift from the heart. And a special opportunity for a couple runners to win a unique reward for donating dollars to help a special guy.