Posts Tagged Back on My Feet Philadelphia

This year at Back on My Feet Philadelphia’s holiday party the annual talent show is becoming an exciting and valuable tradition. We would like to share a particularly special talent shared by one of our resident members. Antwan B. composed and performed a rap about his experience with Back on My Feet, below we would like to share his lyrics.

 

Antwan performing his rap

Antwan performing his rap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trust

Trust I’mma let the truth be told

Trust that I will never bend, break or fold

Trust that I will never live in the cold

Since I met Back on My Feet

Gradually ya man is Back on his Feet

Tragically I had to endure some bad situations

But nevertheless I’m still out here motivated

Racing to the finish line, yea, the prize is mine

I’m in my prime, like Optimus Prime

But, this is not a cartoon

These streets can suck you in, just like a vacuum

or like a toilet in a bathroom

Killing you with bad fumes

So I suggest I get my A Game!

Straight like Kobe Bryant on a fast break

I have to penetrate my adversaries

The clock is ticking, the cops are riffing,the glock is spitting,

A young thug gets dropped, no pitty

See this is what I see in my cityof Brotherly Love,

you can see a brother get slugged

So I try to avoid these circumstances

And Back on My Feet they gave me second chances

Trust I’mma let the truth be told

Trust I will never bend, break or fold

Trust I will never leave you in the cold.

Attention all Back on My Feet Philly supporters: this coming Tuesday, August 21st, we’ll be having our first annual Back on My Feet Track Meet and Fundraiser thanks to the efforts of the Wissahickon Wanderers! The event will take place at the track field at Roxborough High School (4701 Pechin Avenue, Philadelphia) with various races, relays, and sprints, and then we’ll follow up with a delicious barbecue (free for all participants)!

Events will include: 400-, 800-, 3200-meter, and mile-long dashes as well as 400-, 800-, 3200-meter, and mile-long relays. It’s $5 to register for the first event, and then it’s $3 for each event after that. Relay teams are $5 to enter. To top it off…the Drumcliff Foundation will be matching up to $2,000 raised by registrations and donations to BoMF!

To register, click here. All abilities and participants are welcome! As always, hope to see you there!

 

Want to help BoMF participate in more events like this? Click here to read more about our 180 Challenge, or text “Feet” to 52000 to donate $10 to Back on My Feet.

The following is a piece written by one of our Non-Residential Members who runs with Our Brother’s Place, Bob. He participated in this year’s 20in24 alongside his teammate, Nelson, and he summarized his experience for us below:

“Nelson H., who is 56 years old, has been with BoMF for five months while living at Our Brother’s Place. He joined not out of his own interest; rather, he wanted to help out a blind fellow Residential Member who wanted to give Back on My Feet a try. Nelson became hooked on the 5:30 A.M. runs and even started to do some on his own. In April, he became mentally determined to run Midnight Madness, but he seemed physically unready, even as we approached race day. It was the first time in his life that he would attempt to do something like this.

Nelson at 20in24

So there Nelson was at Lloyd Hall at 11:30 P. M. on that hot and humid Saturday night, decked out with glow sticks. His face reflected resolve in his broad smile. His eyes gleamed.

Off we started. We did not know that our journey would wind up with a 2 hour and 10 minute finish. A few miles into the run, he cramped up; we walked on.  Then his hips started to hurt, and soon enough, sciatic started down his leg. He got lightheaded, and we walked a lot, stretching on stone walls and bridges while catching a midnight moon sliver. By mile five, he expressed his disappointment that he probably would finish last and, worse, because that same fate applied to me as well. He was daunted, but we both reminded ourselves that a teammate never lets a fellow teammate run alone. The new goal for us changed to: finish standing, no stretchers! Hot and tired, we did it! He was hurting but was so proud. This was a milestone in his life, and I was there to share it with him.  After the finish, the onsite medic unit checked him out, stretched him, cooled him down, hydrated him further, took his temperature and pulse, and declared him good to go.

Some of our BoMF Philly members

Nelson convinced me then to move on and join my biker buddies for our volunteer duty. We’re out there, three boys from Jersey on a night bike ride, and here comes Nelson like an apparition, biking now in our cross-circuit direction. He had calmed down and was motivated to cheer others along. He insisted on following his own pace and course direction. I later learned that Nelson volunteered for bike patrol until 7 A.M. before he stopped for the day. His final words were that, this year, “all we did was a baseline”; it was only prep for next year’s 20in24.

Thank you, BoMF, for giving Nelson the vision, the opportunity, and the chance to succeed and set goals outside of his comfort zone. Thanks for giving him a chance to feel pride and success while reinforcing that the giving part of life is as strong as its receiving end. Thank you for creating the day and night in which I was a witness to an experience that Nelson shall never forget, and neither will I.

 

-Bob P., Non-Residential Member, Our Brother’s Place

 

Want to make more stories like Nelson and Bob’s happen? Click here to commit to our 180 Challenge, or donate $10 to Back on My Feet by texting “FEET” to 52000.

 

Each early morning we lace up our shoes and head out the door at 5 a.m. we demonstrate of our commitment to the Back on My Feet mission. That being said, there are some achievements that truly demonstrate the dedication of our members; the 500-mile mark is certainly one of these milestones. Last week, we all celebrated this accomplishment when one of our members, Ron H., hit his 500-mile mark with Back on My Feet Philadelphia’s St. John’s Hospice team.

 

Ron has been running with our St. John’s team for the past seventeen months alongside one of his teammates, Dan (Read Friends from very different realities in The Philadelphia Inquirer). The two of them have shared many experiences (and logged many miles) together, and to commemorate Ron’s incredible accomplishment, Dan has written a piece for his blog about Ron’s 500-mile mark.

As with all of our members, we’re extremely proud of and very excited to congratulate Ron for his perseverance, and we wish him the best for his next 500 miles!

Make more member achievements possible. Click here to learn more about our 180 Challenge or donate $10 to Back on My Feet by texting “FEET” to 52000.

   Jarius G., Residential Member, NJN“Jarius has been one of the key figures in making my new role as Team Leader a lot easier to manage.  He is always one of the first people out in the morning and he always greets everyone with an enthusiastic hello.  His easy-going demeanor keeps the atmosphere light and he has shown steady growth as a runner, passing milestones as he goes.
  Leigh Ann S., Non-Residential Member, NJN “Leigh Anne is a regular runner at our morning runs, and she always brings a positive energy with her.  Leigh Anne has been always offered to help out in anyway she can, which has been greatly appreciated as I have taken on more responsibility as Team Leader.  It has been fun getting to know Leigh Anne, and it is always nice to see a fellow University of Scranton alum coming out to run with Back on My Feet.”
 

Nick R.

“I love Back on My Feet because it motivates me to work harder on myself”  -Nick R., Residential Member, OBP
 

Eleni S.

 

“Joining BoMF has been an amazing physical AND mental motivator, as a runner, as a member of the community, and as a former night owl turned morning person! The sense of kinship and joy I feel after sharing a run with my OBP teammates keeps me energized in every possible way…right up until the next time we circle up.” -Eleni S., Non-Residential Member, NJN
 

Brigid & Les

 

“I enjoy the physical and spiritual aspect of it. It puts me in a better state of mind.” -Les S., Residential Member, RWA
  “I think my favorite part about running with BoMF is the genuinely caring environment.  I actually get excited to wake up at 5 a.m. for a run, which is not something I ever expected to enjoy.  It is awesome coming back from a longer run and seeing all of our teammates not only waiting for us, but clapping and cheering us on as we finish up a run” -Brigid B., Non-Residential Member, RWA
 

Ramona

Ramona, Residential Member, Sheila Dennis “Ramona knows how to work hard and also give a great hug! A hug from Ramona makes you feel like the center of the world, which is just encouraging to drive you to keep up with her.” – Evan C., BoMF Member Services Manager
   
  Residential Team, Somerset “From the first day, everyone at Somerset pushed themselves to do better than the day before. With a team like this, it’s difficult to pick just one person. Congratulations to the whole team!”
  “Running with Somerset 2 days a week has changed my life in small but important ways.  I’ve never been so consistently ready and able to get out of bed as I have been since joining BOMF to spend time with the res and non-res members.  It’s a perfect way to start the day!” Megan V., Non-Residential Member, Somerset
 

St. John's Hospice

We’d like to highlight all of our res who rocked the Philadelphia half-marathon (most for the first time!) Congratulations to Ron, Mike, Chris, Joe, and Troy!! – Deirdre D., Team Leader, St. John’s Hospice
 

Faye & Chris

“It has been such a pleasure to get to know the St. Johns team the past few months.  I feel truly lucky to be a part of this team and to share this experience with people from all different backgrounds.  I am excited to build many more friendships and memories in the future with Back on My Feet!” -Faye H., Non-Residential Member, St. John’s Hospice

  Jackie, Residential Member, NJN “Running with BoMF gets me in shape!”
  Kara S., Non-Residential Member, NJN “I like running with BoMF because of the residents!  It is a delight getting to know each of them and to start my morning off in the quiet of the day with their sweet smiles.  They motivate me to run consistently each week.”
  Tyrone S., Residential Member, Our Brother’s Place “BoMF changed me a lot –how I think and things that I do. When I’m around the team everything is easier-I don’t have to try as hard to prove anything and I can just be myself and be good with that.  It makes it easier to run when you’re around people that you’re comfortable with that you learn to love and care about. During that race [Running for Answers 5K], I got down on myself and that just showed how much our team cares because they pushed me through and told me to finish, really believing in me…and I haven’t really had anyone believe in me in a minute other than my sister, so it’s good to be around people who believe in you and push you to do better things. And through running with Back on my Feet one of my dreams came true: getting to meet Eagles cheerleaders.”
  Bob P., Non-Residential Member, OBP “5:25 A. M. A dark and abandoned Corner at 10th and Spring Garden Streets, Philadelphia.  Hugs, smiles, greetings, and both exited voices and withdrawn sleepiness arrive in place and time together.  “Hello, world.  How you been?  Glad to see you my old friend.” Life intersects with coldness, infusing into it the affirmation of a common oneness, shared dreams, and hopes for a better day. Souls sharing what unites us rather than what divides. Light pierces darkness as unspoken words offer courage, understanding, acceptance.  An unbroken circle of arms forms.  “God, grant me the serenity…”  The sounds of silence remain strong under the surface while chatter and then running shoes provide a backdrop of quickened heartbeats that unite and strengthen the mind, the body, the soul.  Smiles emerge, the running picks up its pace.  Wind on my face.  Yes, I can do this. Cheers wait at the Corner as each set of running shoes, carrying their force, returns.  A circle forms again.  The bond of the moment unites in symbol, in space, in time.  An unlikely order of the Universe has been created in the rays of the rising sun.  Voices and running shoes become silent and a good moment on the earth is known. The Corner and running shoes quickly again becomes empty, unaware of what they done, but fulfilling their grand purpose. Humanity reunited.”
   Todd, Residential Member, RWA
  Scott, Non-Residential Member, RWA “I’m just happy to have been given the opportunity to run with such a great group of guys!”
  Betty, Residential Member, Sheila Dennis“We can do it!”
  Georgia, Non-Residential Member, Sheila Dennis “I was a little nervous about what to expect when I joined Back on My Feet, but I have felt so welcome by all the women on the Sheila Dennis team since my first run. In such a short amount of time, it has become a truly inspiring experience and I am continually impressed with the strength and determination of each member of the team. Every run reminds me how important it is to come together and support one another.”
   Emerson, Residential Member, Somerset “Emerson has made great strides in the short couple of weeks he has been on Team Somerset. He is always cheerful and willing to push himself further each run, and is looking forward to racing a 5k in the near future. Way to go, Emerson!!”- Amina W., Team Leader, Somerset
   Chaz, Non-Residential Member, Somerset “Chaz has quickly become one of the most admired volunteers at team Somerset. Residential and nonresidential members’ love running and joking around with Chaz, and we can always count on him to dress to the nines for our famous Theme Fridays! Chaz has a heart of gold and is a great asset to the team.” -Amina W. Team Leader, Somerset
   Chris W., Residential Member, St. John’s Hospice“B0MF is an added sense of belonging and a connection to extended family.  It is a structured routine that supports discipline and encourages accountability. It has given me a goal to aim for and achieve a blessing and a family, a support circle start to finish. A oneness.”
  Kati S., Non-Residential Member, St. John’s Hospice “My St. Johns teammates are always cheering for each other – not just when we’re running but in every aspect of life.  It’s such a positive, encouraging environment because your teammates make sure that no accomplishment, big or small, goes unnoticed. Every time we meet there is a new opportunity to celebrate each other’s most recent achievements, and I always leave our runs feeling inspired. And we laugh together A LOT – that’s the best part.”