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I met a woman a few years ago who is passionate about life, about saving lives, especially involved in educating children about drowning prevention and self-rescue. She is a spirit who lightens dark places, encourages when the chips are down and has abundant energy of doing good on behalf of the human capacity of loving outwards to those in need. To me she is one of two remarkable women I met working the National Drowning Prevention Alliance. I am not publishing her full name out of respect for her privacy, nor have I asked for her permission to print this letter she sent me.
When the box arrived at my home and I saw her name on the return address I knew what was enclosed. A week prior she had attended a Phoenix Patriot Foundation fundraiser in support of the Never Quit Challenge and S01 Patrick Feeks Battle flag and his wife, Emily Feeks 9/11 flags were on display. We were there to celebrate Patrick’s life along with his fellow SEAL, S02 David Warsen.
I was holding Patrick’s flag, and it was being handed off to friends of Pat’s who came to pay their respects. This Battle Flag personifies the life of our nation as well as this warrior, and all like him, past and present. His flag is a treasure of life and death, endurance, the love of a warrior, his wife, his family and bears his life wrapped amongst its rolled folds that Patrick used to wear during his missions.
I sat down on my bed and called my youngest daughter to listen. I read the letter to her as the medallions and coins shined on top of blue tissue paper, their silver linings holding promise. I was deeply moved. It is no small thing for a person to be so moved to kind regards, actions or investments in others. The Never Quit Challenge is a moving memorial. Many have contributed personal items to be carried along the 1,600 mile route. You may go here to learn about the NQC: www.NeverQuitChallenge.com
I want to share with you, that which touched my heart. Kindness is a virtue we should all encourage and enforce in our daily lives. God Bless you Mary.