Monday, September 28, 2009

A Wish Come True

Few people ever have an idea and then see it happen. How many times have you heard someone say how much they wanted to do something significant only to fall back into their routine of normalcy? Kendall Brown is not one of those people.

I met Kendall when he was at youth camp and I was recruiting for Baylor University in the summer of 1973. At the First Baptist, Richardson camp he had such a reputation as a trouble maker (in a good way) Billy Crockett wrote a song about him. That was my introduction to Kendall--he was synonymous with fun-loving trouble and mischievousness. A doctor? Not so much.

He went to Baylor, married Becky (I did the wedding), entered med school, graduated, and set up his practice in North Dallas. They joined Legacy in 1993. He has played the drums and percussion in our worship band since, and he was also one of the first three or four riders in what is now Legacy Cyclists. (Second from left, the MS150 2007 team)

About a year ago, Dr. Brown, when he became the Chair elect of the Board of Directors of the Make-a-Wish Foundation of North Texas, made a wish to host a bicycle ride in Plano to raise money for the foundation.

Kendall combined his love for riding, faith, and service to children to create an event that served all three. I love it when anyone uses their hobby/skills and passions to serve the greater mission of God's call on his or her life. This is a life well-lived.

A year after Kendall's wish, The Wish 100 Bicycle Rally will take place this Saturday, October 3, in Plano. Over 700 riders are signed up to ride and ten of thousands of dollars have been raised to make wishes come true for sick children and their families--all because Kendall made a wish and with faith and hard work and friends made it come true.

I am proud to say that as of this posting, Team Legacy has the most riders registered (70) and is the third highest fundraiser. You can still be part of the event by riding or volunteering. Go here to help make a wish come true.

Thank you, Kendall, for showing us how to make a wish come true.

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