WRITTEN BY CHAPLAIN STEVE PETERSON.
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Greetings and Happy New Year,
Last year I ran two long distance dog sled races in order to raise money and create an endowment to honor and remember my daughter Bethany who died from cancer in the fall of 2017. We raised enough to send one kid to camp every year forever. For this I am deeply grateful.
I must tell you running the dog sled races pushed me to the max. First, all the training required to run a long-distance race is brutal and is a big commitment. Beginning in late August you must wake up early every morning to load dogs, prepare dog food, snacks, baited water, and make sure you have all the equipment you need and make sure it’s all in working condition. The preparation takes months. Then the race itself is brutal. I was really tired and competing against young athletic mushers was physically taxing. As I completed those races I told myself “this will be it for me competing in long distance races.” I will be 65 years old this year and it’s just too much.
However, Bethany’s desire to impact lives has become a mission for me. I decided that as long as I’m physically able I will continue to try to honor her wishes and her life by growing this endowment so that more and more kid’s lives will be positively impacted. Consequently, I’m running the Gunflint Mail Run again on Saturday January 11. I have been preparing since mid- August and hopefully we will honor her life and story by doing the best we can.
Our goal this year is to raise an additional $6,000 to add to the endowment fund. I ask that you would consider keeping me in your prayers as I go to the starting line once again and that you might consider helping me achieve this goal. If you would be willing to make a donation you may do so by going to the Mushing For Bethany web page.
Thanks so much and I wish for you God’s richest blessings as you begin this new year.
Chaplain Steve Peterson