I ran in the Am Yisrael Chai Daffodil Dash, and I was not running alone. I was running beside the 1.5 million Jewish children who could not. I carried their memory in my heart, with each step I took.
On one of the official website of this organization it reads, “Am Yisrael Chai is a nonprofit Holocaust Education and Genocide Awareness Organization. The Daffodil Project is a project of Am Yisrael Chai that aspires to build a worldwide Living Holocaust Memorial by planting 1.5 million daffodils in memory of the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust and in support for children who continue to suffer in humanitarian crises in the world today.”
The Daffodil Project is something that I will carry with me through the rest of my life. I am so blessed to have been introduced to a fantastic organization. Running for such a beautiful cause has shaped me as an individual over the years. 2019 marked the fifth year in a row that I have run it with my family. Racing shows me what I am truly capable of accomplishing.
The number of people that showed up to the race-inspired me because it was an early and freezing Sunday morning. Each checkpoint had volunteers with cowbells cheering and offering motivation to the runners. Volunteers gave out waters along the trail. So much support. So many volunteers. So much love.
I felt accomplished crossing the finish line, running past tons of people who were cheering and smiling. Knowing that I did something in honor of the children who were killed the Holocaust warmed my heart. Winning a medal was just a bonus.
Before the awards ceremony, a Holocaust survivor spoke who inspired me. Many of Weber students have at least heard one survivor talk before. But this one was different. He did not talk about his time in a concentration camp, but, about what morals and values he chose to live his life by.
If you are wondering why the race is called The Daffodil Dash, this is why; “The shape and color of the daffodils represent the Yellow stars that Jews were forced to wear during the Holocaust. Daffodils represent our poignant hope for the future. They are resilient and return with a burst of color each Spring. The daffodils also honor those who survived the Holocaust and went on to build new lives after this dark and difficult period.”