- Published on Wednesday, 06 March 2013 19:35
- Written by Super User
“THINK OUTSIDE. No box required.” ~anonymous
By MO LINQUIST
Nine years ago Tim Reilly was inspired to help out his good friend Steve Haydu, a young man born and raised in Carolina Beach.
Steve was a budding entrepreneur who had recently opened the “Ocean Grill and Tiki Bar” with his partner Dave. His wife Cori was expecting their first child and they had a bright future ahead of them. Then, without health insurance, the unthinkable happened. Steve was diagnosed with cancer.
Tim knew the devastation of this disease. His wife Linda, the love of his life and mother of their seven wonderful children, lost a five-year battle with cancer.
Tim combined his semi-retired life of ministry with his goal to help others diagnosed with cancer, especially if they had no health insurance. Experienced in road races throughout North Carolina, he believed a fundraising event like this could help his friend Steve.
Steve’s family, along with the extended community on Pleasure Island, got behind him 100% and on March 19th 2005 the first annual St. Patrick’s Lo Tide Run was a success. Steve passed away in May of that year.
In 2006 the run was re-named in Steve’s honor and the race grew exponentially from the previous year. 350 participants, a rousing group of dedicated volunteers and sponsors helped raise more than $10,000.
Tim’s dream was coming to fruition. Then, in August, 2006 the community was shocked and heartbroken as news spread that during his daily run on the beach, Tim Reilly had passed away.
This legacy of two extraordinary men will not be forgotten. Sponsorships, volunteerism and the compassion of a caring board of directors energize the growth of this race year to year. In 2012, the board gave out $53,000 to needy recipients and this year looks just as promising.
There are no strings attached as to what the recipients do with the money. What I know for sure is that, for a moment, the financial help that the Lo Tide Run provides, conveys a feeling of genuine care and compassion during a time of utter despair. Sometimes comfort comes from just knowing that, “You are not alone.”
Go to www.lotiderun.org for more information about the race. You will notice this is a day of celebration, but behind the jovial attitude there is nothing frivolous about the meaning of this cause. There are no paid CEO’s. The board is made up of volunteers along with an additional 100 volunteers on the day of the race. The money raised goes directly to those in need.
As an added fundraiser this year we created the Lo Tide Cookbook, a 3-ring binder of almost 350 delicious recipes including Steve’s favorite cake and Timbo Reilly’s favorite New Orleans gumbo and more submitted by family, friends, recipients, volunteers and local restaurants. The cost is $20 each and they are available for pick up at Artful Living Group, 112 Cape Fear Blvd, CB as supplies last or you can order on the Lo Tide website under ‘extras’ tab. They can also be shipped for an additional fee. As Tim showed us, we are all just ‘thinking outside.’ Who needs a box? xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products. Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC. Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology. Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 20 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success.
To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at www.personplace.com FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-458-7822 office or 330-904-3636 cell.