When Jason Bass turned 40 years old, he knew something had to change. He felt unhealthy and wanted to lose weight. He was having a mid-life crisis of sorts and he decided running was the answer.
“I know it sounds silly, but it’s true. I always talked about losing weight, getting healthy, and running marathons but that was just it. I talked about it, dreamed about it, but never had the courage to start until last December.”
A principal at an Indiana high school, Bass soon decided he wanted to pair his journey to health with helping others–specifically children.
“A few years ago, I had a student who was granted a wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation. I’ll always remember the smile on her face and the excitement in her voice as she talked about her wish. Furthermore, I wanted to work with an organization where the benefits (donations) could be felt immediately. It is my hope that upon returning from the Goofy Challenge the donations given towards ‘Running 4 Wishes’ will be used to grant an extra magical wish for a child with a life threatening medical condition.”
Around $6,000 to $7,500 will grant a wish for a child with a life-threatening medical condition.
“I want to do something that motivates me each and every day; something that will inspire others to do more even when they think they can’t; but most importantly, I wanted to do something that will directly benefit children,” Bass wrote on his blog, Running 4 Wishes, on February 13, 2011.
In four days from today, Bass will make his way to Disney to run in the “Goofy Challenge” marathon where he will be running both a mini-marathon and a full marathon in the same weekend. He is still around $3,000 short of his goal. He paid for the trip to Disney with his own money so that all donations received can go directly to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
When asked if he planned to continue running after the “Goofy Challenge” Bass replied, “That’s the plan after a few weeks off to rest and recover. I hope to run the Indianapolis 500 Festival Mini Marathon in May 2012 and another full marathon in the fall of 2012. I also plan on trying to qualify for the New York City Marathon.”
How Can You Help Jason Meet His Goal?
Visit Jason’s “Running 4 Wishes” donation page and easily and securely donate online. But hurry! You only have until January 9, 2012! You can help change a sick child’s life!