Green is where the Heart Is for March 18th, 2015

By / Green Is Where The Heart Is / Wednesday, 18 March 2015 04:00

“Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness.” ~Euripides

By Mo Linquist
Contributing Writer

Randy and I moved to this island 10 years ago.  It was right after young Steve Haydu was taken by cancer.  At that time we didn’t know Steve or his wife and infant son, but we have grown to love them deeply.  Steve’s friend Tim Reilly had a simple idea. He wanted to financially help this young family and 10 years later his legacy continues to grow. 
Saturday, March 14th the town of Carolina Beach was infiltrated by green runners of all shapes and sizes.  They were raising money for the annual Steve Haydu Lo Tide Run, a charitable organization that assists cancer victims living right here on this island or just OTB.  When a devastating illness attacks and the victim is unable to work, there may be a whole line of dominoes falling one by one, with the loss of finances being the blow that knocks the row down.  As this organization is still mostly volunteers, the majority of the donations can go directly to the recipients, making your donation spread further.
Haydu was a young entrepreneur having just opened up the Ocean Grill and Tiki Bar with a partner.  His family was well known on this island.  It was crushing when the news of his illness was broken to his young bride carrying his child. Tim Reilly stepped up to help.  His own wife had died of cancer and as an avid runner he believed he could create an event to rally the community around this young family. 
100 runners showed up for that first race day.  Steve passed away later that year.  The spirit of helping neighbors in need was born and the next year, I walked in the race pushing my neighbor’s son in a stroller. 
Almost 300 runners/walkers were present and a handful of recipients were carefully chosen. The idea of ‘teams’ was born and the next year there were 500 runners and so on and so on and 10 years later the number of runners looms around 2,000.
Tim Reilly had a vision and it may have been what was on his mind that sad day that he died of a heart attack while running on the beach, but look at what he started.  People in need for years to come will benefit from his desire to help one friend. 
The Lo Tide cookbook has all the history along with pictures of this race.  It also contains 300 recipes donated by neighbors and businesses on this island.  The cost is $20 with 100% of your donation going to the organization.  They are available at Artful Living Group and Island Wellness Market until they run out. 
If you missed your opportunity to join in the festivities, it is still not too late to make a difference.  Please go to my Crowd Share site and donate.  It is easy.  Go to www.crowdrise.com/islandwomen/fundraiser/molinquist  Donations are accepted all year long.  If you want to know more about how to help out with this ‘neighbor helping neighbor’ event, visit the website LoTideRun.org or come into Artful Living Group and ask me.  Be a friend who shows their love in times of trouble.  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Master FSIA, 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, 25 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 910-216-0366 local or 330-904-3636 mobile.

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