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“From everyone who has been given much, much will be required.”

From my race winnings, my husband and I have decided to donate a percentage to charity. We believe that we should give generously because we have been given much – much more than we deserve! And a few charities have fallen on our hearts recently, and I will share the story as to why we are choosing one in particular to donate to – The Special Olympics (of Missouri).

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Our dear dear family friends, The Lenzen’s, lost their youngest son Chris August 15th of 2013. He was celebrating his last day home in St. Louis before he headed off to Mizzou for undergrad. He took his girlfriend out to dinner at the Boat House and afterwards watched the sunset and had cupcakes together. It was a beautiful evening, perfect in fact. They had the top down in the convertible and decided to pick up their two best girlfriends, sisters, for a cruise around the neighborhood – one last goodbye – before they all went their separate ways for college the next day. Ten minutes after the two sisters were picked up the tragic and fatal accident happened. We don’t know what exactly happened – maybe a deer was crossing in front of them – but the car lost control and Chris and the sweet, beautiful sisters died. Chris’s girlfriend was the only survivor.

Chris was the sweetest, most genuine young man – athletic and talented. Friends with everyone. He was very involved with the Special Olympics, giving back since to him much was given. He packed in a full lifetime into a short 18 years. He is my guardian angel and I dedicated my first Pro race in Chicago to him – and he sure gave me his Angel wings that day! 🙂

We will choose various charities to support, but this one is truly special to us.

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A City of Atlanta firefighter was killed Friday morning while training for Sunday’s Ironman 70.3 New Orleans triathlon.

Sgt. Frank Guinn was riding his bicycle with two others, including his brother-in-law, when he was struck by a car prior to Ironman 70.3 New Orleans, which I raced in and won. Guinn, 36, died at the scene of the wreck, which critically injured his brother-in-law, Ward said. The third cyclist was not injured. The wreck happened around 10:15 a.m. on the eastbound side of U.S. 90, New Orleans police said. The driver of a white Chevrolet Cruze was travelling eastbound in the right lane when for reasons unknown, he rear-ended the cyclists who were also traveling eastbound, according to Officer Frank B. Robertson.

A family friend created a fundraising page for those wishing to donate. It fell upon my heart to support this family who has lost a loved one and has to find a way to continue paying for all the many costs of a family – future education, weddings, and bills – which is going to be much hard without Frank in the picture. A portion of my New Orleans race winnings went to this family and I encourage you to donate too.

2 Responses to Charity

  1. Vicki Mansfield says:

    So generous and amazing of you to dedicate your first pro race and winnings to my sweet Godson, Christopher Lenzen. These teens all touched many in their short lives, and they will never be forgotten. Thank you for keeping his memory alive and thank you for being so selfless. #friendsstayforever-CL KO LO

  2. Vicki Mansfield says:

    Additionally, I was honored and blessed to be a part of that day in Chicago when you participated in your FIRST PRO RACE! I felt the angels guiding me to Chicago at the last minute adventure , and watched you so soar on angel wings!

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