|Ready to take on the Philadelphia Marathon.|
December 27, 2007. Bel Air, MD. When Geri Bishop decided
to train for the grueling 26.2 mile Philadelphia Marathon, she
knew she wanted to do it for a worthy cause.
But when she saw that an organization she had previously
wanted to sponsor was in full support of embryonic stem
cell research, she began looking for another group to benefit.
idea to support the Legionaries came through her daughter’s involvement
in the Challenge Club.
On one of her “long runs,”
while thinking about the sorry state of her third consecutive
pair of running shoes, she remembered one of her daughter’s
Challenge Club’s apostolic activities: a rosary walk for vocations called
“Soles for Souls.” The Challenge girls had laced up their
sneakers to walk a university campus while praying for seminarians.
idea stuck, and she dubbed her fundraising sponsorship campaign: “Bishop’s
Soles for Souls.” Her goal: to raise $1,000 for young
aspirants to the priesthood in the Legion of Christ.
|Geri and her husband doing the Rocky Balboa victory pose after the race|