IT WAS 14 YEARS AGO when Jenny Meyer’s vision came to fruition. Even after being diagnosed with cancer, the young mother continued to live out the end of her life as she always had—with a passion to make a difference in the lives of those in her community.
Celebrate Life Fun Run/Walk held its inaugural event in August 2004, and Jenny was able to see her vision for helping others play out for four years before passing away.
THE SOUTH END OF LAKE Pend Oreilleis spectacularly beautiful. Sheer cliffs line the shore, and from just about any vantagepoint on the water you are given a 360-degree view on unparalleled scenery. Because of its remoteness and rugged terrain, very few homes are found along the shoreline. Once you set off from Bayview, it doesn’t take but a few minutes until you feel almost alone on the lake. There are, however, communities in small tucked-away pockets and bays. Some are a handful of homes while others are at most a couple dozen. These include places like Lakeview and Cedar Creek. A run into town for residents here is an all-day journey as they have only narrow dirt roads going to and from their homes, almost all of which are snowed income winter. Many have come to rely on the generosity of one man and his liquid limo.
Life can change in the blink of an eye; a calm day can quickly turn into dark storm. Heroes arrive in multiple forms to calm the storm. They do not come wearing capes, but a uniform accompanied by lights and sirens. Occasionally they extinguish fires, structural or forest, or they could be giving lifesaving treatment to someone in need.
First responders choose to put the lives of their community members before their own. They are the ones who run toward the chaos when everyone else is running away. They are courageous despite fear and the unknown.