Timing is everything. Sometimes being the last-on-board turns out to be a good thing. Take Mark Longfellow.
His sister Carla Longfellow started one of their family traditions – volunteering for the Komen Orange County Race for the Cure. Carla first volunteered at the 1996 Race as a Volunteer Captain in the Team tailgate area. Her enthusiasm for the event was contagious, and her mom Jane Longfellow and sister Becky Allen later joined the Race committee as volunteers. Brother Mark was the last to jump on the Longfellow-Race volunteer bandwagon, but he is going gung-ho this year.
All four Longfellows will be volunteering at the Race on September 26. Mark has taken on the big role of Volunteer Captain of Site Setup and Breakdown in the expo. Carla and Becky will be his assistants, riding along on his utility cart to do whatever is needed. Jane will be a volunteer photographer.
Mark has gone one giant step further, setting a fund-raising goal of $10,000 for the Race.
As he says in a letter to friends and family, “I’m known to challenge people to do things on a dare for money. This time I’m taking on the dare myself. If I can raise $10,000 for the Orange County Race for the Cure, I will shave my head. Bald.”
“Both of my grandmothers had breast cancer and that thought alone drives me to help. But even more so than that is watching the smiles on people’s faces as they finish the Race and feel a part of something bigger,” Mark explains. If you want to volunteer at the Race like the Longfellow family, go to www.komenoc.org for a Volunteer Application. If you want to see Mark’s hair-loss video on You Tube later this summer, you can donate to him at www.komenoc.org in the Race section.