Kari Stender, Heart’s Home Peru alumni and Member for the St Maximilien Kolbe Fraternity has always liked being active. Recently, her running took on a whole new meaning.
After moving to Oklahoma City last semester, she started training for a half marathon. During one of her runs, she was thinking about how Oklahomans must have felt that spring day 20 years ago when the Alfred P. Murrah building was bombed in one of the largest terrorist attacks in the U.S. The fear and uncertainty that day had to have been unbearable. Kari was made even more aware of the need for compassion in society-especially when tragedies occur.
Heart’s Home may not have been able to provide medical attention or other needs that day, but if a community would have been nearby, there is no doubt that they would have been present to provide a loving embrace on one of the darkest days in Oklahoma history. Heart’s Home communities have been present after the fires in Valparaiso, Chile and a house was opened in Sendai, Japan shortly after a tsunami wrecked havoc on the area in March, 2011.
Kari felt that this half marathon would be a great opportunity to raise awareness of Heart’s Home and the culture of compassion they desire to spread. Thus, Sports4compassion was born!
Soon afterwards, Dr. Matthew Sutton, joined the Sports4Compassion team. He will be running this year’s Queen’s Half Marathon to get this world to wake up to the mission of love.
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