When Matt Anderson crossed the finish line at the Chicago Marathon on October 9, he completed more than the traditional 26+ miles. He fulfilled a commitment to his friend and to his community in the wake of the April tornadoes.
Matt originally dedicated his marathon effort to the memory of Ryan McHie, one of his closest friends who died in a car accident in 2010. When the tornadoes hit our state, he gave his time to help families directly, but he wanted to do more. Inspired by the stars and fans who made Bama Rising benefit concert so successful, he decided to raise money for the Bama Rising Fund of the Community Foundation.
Matt finished the race in 5 hours, 2 minutes, and 20 seconds, but more important are the numbers of the dollars he raised to help tornado survivors: $1,285 given by people who wanted to support his effort and the memory of his friend.
Thank you, Matt, for inspiring others with your example. Like the talented musicians of Bama Rising and all the generous people who have shared their talent as well as their treasure, you are part of great work to rebuild lives and communities across our state.
Find out more here about the tornado recovery funds of the Community Foundation, which have made a total of $1 million in grants as of Oct. 27, 2011. Join us by making your own secure on-line contribution to statewide or local efforts.