I am blessed to have a great job where I work with one of the most incredible teams around. Not only do I have the privilege of working on a great team, we also are great friends. Not long after I ran my first 5k, there was talk of training for a half marathon amongst our coworkers. I honestly questioned myself, doubting if I could ever run a full 13.1 miles. I remember distinctly the conversation, where my friend and coworker said hey we are going to train for and run the St Jude half marathon and we are going to run it for Callie. Straight away, with no questions asked, my response was, 'I'm in'.
|Whitney and BJ with their son, Caleb (2)|
her first half marathon in 2012
Callie Marie Clay was born Nov 27, 2009 at 9.5 oz 23 inches long. We knew that upon her arrival into this world that she would have to have immediate surgery to correct a bowel loop. She survived her 5 hour surgery but shortly after developed complications in her breathing. She lived for 15 hours before passing from her fathers arms into those of her Heavenly Father. It gives me chills to even write it, we were completely devastated.
|Callie's St Jude Marathon team 2010|
Her legacy continues. She would have been four next week. We never want to forget Callie and what she meant for so many of us. We will continue to run in her honor, to celebrate her life, her beauty and how she changed us. We are thankful for you, Callie Marie.
|Callie's St Jude Marathon team 2012|