Sometime in June of 2020, I was on my first run in months, and I thought to myself: ‘how can I use my music to help others?’ The first thought that came to my head.. ‘you could run 100 miles in the 4 weeks prior to releasing your song… and have people donate to a charity as you do it’. Fast forward to September 4th, and there we were! 100 miles later, we pledged over $2,100 dollars towards ZERO: The End of Prostate Cancer.
The song is dedicated to my father, who passed away from prostate cancer when I was a freshman in high school. When I was in 5th grade, my parents got divorced and my dad moved away. He moved from Chicago to Richmond, VA. My dad was my best friend. Every day after school, we talked on the phone. We talked about school. We talked about basketball. Everything. 4 years later, he passed away from prostate cancer.
It’s all led me to who I am today, and who I am today is someone who takes life’s hardships and turns them into an opportunity to grow. Run was more than just a song release. And it was more than a charity running campaign. It was a recovery towards my purpose. This worldwide pandemic took everything out of my life, and when I say everything, I mean everything. My career path, my friendships, my relationship. I had no apartment in my name. I had no job. I hadn’t seen a friend in 3 months. I was lonelier than I've ever been. I was lost.
But, rather than running away from it, I ran with it. I saw it as an opportunity, an opportunity to grow. To grow spiritually, to grow in faith, and to grow into the person I was put in this world to be. The person who fights. The person who lives to learn. The person who lives their life, purely for others. I forgot about pain. I forgot about what I didn’t have. I forgot about myself. I just ran.
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heart. soul. mind. - Matthew 22:37