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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A Nation Inspired

This April the Run for the White House for Childhood Cancer Awareness will enter a new phase of raising awareness for our kids in the fight for their lives against cancer. It's going to take a Nation Inspired to run and remain active from our own front doors all the way to the White House and this months "State Challenge" will help us keep the drive alive and use the power of our social media networks to not only raise awareness, but to take meaningful action when we are Inspired By Kids. This month long challenge will bring an explosion of awareness as we race to donate the most miles we can in each of the 50 states as well as internationally, and each state will be lead by up to 4 Front Runners who you can rally behind with your running and activities. Here is how this challenge will work:

You will want to Follow your states leader by using a state specific hash tag to highlight your activity when donating your miles to the kids with cancer in your state.

For example,
if you live in New York your hash tag will be #NYkids
and if you live in Colorado your hash tag will be #COkids.
North Dakota #NDkids,
New Hamshire #NHkids
and Mississippi #MSkids.
You will catch on as many other begin to hash tag the states that they are representing.

If you know who your states Front Runners are you can also hash tag their names such as #FollowBrian or #FollowSabrina or #FollowKevin to support those leading the way for kids in your state, but remember the ONLY way you get the credit for your state is to hash tag your state #ORkids each time. All miles and activity will be counted, but only applied to the challenge with a hash tag.

As people are using these hash tags, they will be connected to each other during the event and you can click on them to see others who are using the same hash tag. Your leaders may want to do something like choose a child one day to support in your state and you can all join them with a child's unique #TeamName as you have been using.

You will still want to support any of the children you have been in any other state, so if I wanted to support #SuperDavid in SC I would post his team name in support of him and his family, but I would always post #ORkids for all of our kids here in Oregon where I live. There is nothing wrong with giving your full support to another child in another state, but this month only we will try to rally those in our states to support all kids who live here. Can you imagine all 50 states supporting an estimated 40,000 children in the United States who are going through chemotherapy today?

You will see the faces of all of those who have become Front Runners wearing their Follow Me shirts on our event feed, facebook page https://www.facebook.com/RunForTheWhiteHouseForChildhoodCancerAwareness,
AND now our Instagram account,
so if you don't know who you are supposed to be following, keep looking around or clicking the hash tag of your state until you find your leaders. If a leader has not messaged me with their Follow Me selfie yet, you should at least post your state hash tag until someone is ready to take the lead.

If you would like to join me as a Front Runner I will continue to take your Follow Me selfies and add you to the map, and if you need a Follow Me shirt just email me your size at FollowMe2014@hotmail.com

Keep a watchful eye on our Map as our states begin to donate miles and we'll light it up for the entire USA to see that we are running as a #NationInspired by kids who need a cure today!

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