Share Your Story

Do you know that your life counts? It absolutely does! And this is where you can share your story. What are you doing to make a difference in the lives of others? What are others doing to make a difference in yours? If you have been the tiniest bit inspired to Make It Count, we want to hear from you!

  • These Ghosts - 9/5/2011 - Brant Moore

    I wrote the following after returning from Kansas and Spencer’s funeral. Spencer was my nephew and is a role model of commitment, fidelity, and perseverance.

    These are different ghosts.
    Usually the spirits I find in my garage when I clean it are small, pesky.
    But not this time.
    This time the spirits are all together different.
    The jack stands, old brake pads and calipers, sockets and end wrenches are laying in a swirling legion of spirits.
    One is kindly acting like a chalk outline. “This is where you were lying when your sister called.”

    Several hover at the ceiling. “We are the ones that blotted out the light as you heard your sister’s halting voice tell you that Spencer was dead.”

    “Some of us began to wail, making it impossible to hear the words and impossible to misunderstand their meaning.”

    This is where I was when I found out my sister had lost a son,
    my nephews lost a brother,
    my dear friend and brother-in-law had lost his first born.
    Each grief took up residence in these artifacts of a Saturday morning.
    The losses tumbled down.
    My wife, a nephew. My mother, a grandson.
    Ghosts wobble and fall down. They wrap their arms around their knees and rock.
    These ghosts are welcome to stay here.
    I hope they abide with me in this place, on these tools.
    With these tools and these ghosts I will work out the living with this grief.
    This is a kindness to me.

  • A Run Never Forgotten- Sara Thompson

    I didn't know Spencer but I am an Army Wife stationed on Fort Leavenworth. I have kept up with Spencer's story through my friend Marie. I recently had the opportunity through the organization Wear blue:run to remember to pledge miles in honor of a fallen hero. Since Spencer is right here at Leavenworth I felt called to run for him.
    From my home to the Fort Leavenworth cemetery is 3 miles and I pledged 5. As I ran past the cemetery I decided to try and find Spencer's grave not ever imagining I would find him. Then suddenly to my right I saw his name and read those amazing words "Make it Count." After a good cry and many prayers for Spencer ,his family and friends he left behind I continued my run. This time with the words Make it count in my head the whole way. I pledged 5 miles that day but ran 7 instead making that the furthest I have ever ran. I was able to finish my run because of Spencer and those words Make it Count.I never stopped to walk I just prayed and continue to think of Spencer and the sacrifice he and his family made. It is a run I will never forget. I have gathered some of my other Run to Remember friends and we will be getting together to run the 5k in August. We will be the group in blue running to remember Spencer!!!

RSS Feed

Share This Page!