Thought on James Sun Memorial 5k

A note received from Ashley Fitch via email about this past weekend’s James Sun memorial:

Today I decided to run the James Sun Memorial 5K to inspire my kids to exercise and to get them excited about moving to our new neighborhood where the race was held – Old Trail. I accomplished that goal, but what I didn’t expect was how inspired I would be by the event.

I was inspired by Mr. Sun, in which attending this event had to be difficult for him, took a few moments to kick a soccer ball to my young son and to thank the attendees for supporting his son’s memorial. I, also, was inspired by the Western Albemarle students’ leadership in organizing the event in memory of a deceased classmate and in making something positive come out of the tragedy. Lastly, I was inspired by seeing classmates and families run together for such a wonderful cause, an organization that helps support families who have lost a child.

I did not have the pleasure of knowing James Sun, but it was obvious that he left a positive impression on his classmates, and they, in turn, left a positive impression upon me. Our future will be in good hands with these leaders.

I encourage those of you who were unable to attend this wonderful community event this year to attend it next year.


Ashley Fitch

Background – James Sun was killed in July 2011 near Harris Teeter when he was hit by a car.

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