I first became aware of the cause when I met Matthew Reeves, an avid supporter and State Committee member of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. I tagged along and watched as Matt and his friends organized various fundraisers throughout the year, convinced of what an amazing thing they were doing simply by watching them in action.
It was not until I attended my first Summer Games opening ceremonies at the College of New Jersey, however, that I was truly hooked. I was lucky enough to stand at ground level next to the field, giving me the perfect view of the athletes as they made their entrance. Each county in New Jersey was represented, bringing thousands of athletes together in that stadium. Although creating stories is my chosen profession, I still look upon that moment and struggle for the words to describe what I saw and what I felt. I envisioned many roles as I watched, thinking on the stories behind the athletes on that field, and what they must be feeling - as a parent of an athlete, a sibling, a coach - and as a proud athlete who worked so hard all year to participate in the games. Finally, I thought of it in my role as a volunteer, and I realized how very blessed I am to be able to contribute in some small way to the realization of a dream for all those who were standing on that field. Seeing the pride in those faces, the triumph in their stares, and the strength in their hearts is something that can not be bought - yet each of us who volunteer or contribute in some way are a part of that success.
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Thanks so much for your support!