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Finding Humility in Being Someone Else’s Inspiration

February 21, 2012

I got a delightful surprise yesterday.

WBIR-TV, our local NBC affiliate, aired a story on Live at Five at Four about Randy Carr, who has been a volunteer for the American Cancer Society, where I work. Randy is a member of the Covenant Health Biggest Winner Knoxville Marathon Team, which brings people from across the community together to get healthier while training for the marathon.

I was privileged to be a member of the team in 2008 and 2010. In the story about Randy, he recalls seeing me on the show in 2008 and says I inspired him to begin his journey toward fitness. I am touched and humbled. I’m just a guy who decided I needed to turn my life around or I was going to die prematurely – like my father.

I am immensely proud of Randy, and the inspiration he is to his son. I’m also proud of my friends Amanda and Lee Ann who are also on this year’s team. They’ve all made incredible progress toward their goals!

Check out Randy’s story here.

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  1. M. Bowen permalink

    Melanie here! I enjoyed this piece, please email me–I have a question about your blog. MelanieLBowen[at]gmail[dot]com

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