Monday, April 24, 2006

Race for the Cure--Clarissa's Crew

Clarissa's Broadway Crew
Originally uploaded by Troy Smythe.
A group from Broadway United Methodist Church took part in Indianapolis's Race for the Cure on Saturday. We walked for Clarissa Parks who passed away last month after a brave battle with cancer.

Clarissa was an amazing woman. She did everything and knew everybody not only at Broadway but throughout Indianapolis. At her funeral there were clerks from the Kroger where she shopped who stood up to speak about how wonderful she was.

Her body struggled with cancer for years, but she never complained. In fact, she didn't just come to church up to the end she actively kept up her duties as head usher and had a good time bossing the more rowdy of us around.

Most of Clarissa's crew walked the "race." Dave (in the middle with dark glasses), a frequent poster here at Growing Sense ran the course--twice! He's like a jack rabbit.

The rest of the Crew, from left to right are Dave F., Pastor Rachel, me, Nancy, Anne D., Carol, and Ann C.
(Thanks Nancy for the picture.)

Here is a picture from the race. Someone said there were 40,000 people there. It was pretty amazing.


Anonymous jennie said...

Race for the Cure is always an indescribable experience for me. I didn't get to participate last year but definitely plan to this year. I'm sorry to hear about your friend Clarissa - She sounds like an amazing woman.

8:28 AM  
Blogger Citizen D said...

Great post. What a wonderful tribute for someone that sounds really wonderful. Like Jennie, I find participation in Race for the Cure amazing. Although in Little Rock men aren't allowed to walk unless they have had breast cancer, I've cheered people on 2 of the 3 years we've lived here.

10:57 AM  
Blogger Mike Mather said...

Troy -- you are the second person who wrote in the last two days -- remembering Clarissa to me. I love that she is still alive in the hearts, minds and spirits of so many. I can't think about her without thinking about the Magnificat...and this race...and her with a pink boa at church the day after the race every year. She knew that the best races, the ones that really count, are the ones that are walked with friends -- and for others. God bless her -- and you for remembering her. much love, mike

7:54 PM  
Anonymous David said...

Truly a memorable walk (and run) for a memorable friend.

8:21 AM  

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