Published Date Written by Jim Lewis
Don’t you wish you will be able to walk, much less run, a 6.2-mile race at the age of 92?
Bill Gaudette of Hummelstown trained for months for the biggest race of his life – the Hershey 10K on April 14 along Hersheypark Drive, past the rides in Hersheypark and, eventually, into Hersheypark Stadium.
Afterward, he wanted to talk about one of the charities that benefitted from the race – the Ronald McDonald House Charities, which has a facility in Hershey where families stay while their seriously-ill children undergo treatment at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.
Gaudette is a volunteer there, making beds and washing dishes, among other jobs. “I enjoy the satisfaction I get from helping people that are less fortunate than me,’’ he said. That satisfaction, along with the satisfaction he gets from staying in shape, drove him to train for the race.
He ran the race with his granddaughter and grandson beside him. He completed the course in 1 hour and 42 minutes, an impressive accomplishment, smiling and flashing the thumbs-up sign along the way. When it was over, Gaudette was effusive about the Ronald McDonald House, turning questions about his personal accomplishment into reminders of the good that the charity provides. It wasn’t about him – it was about the cause. That is how he saw it.
Ultimately, he is right – it is about the cause. It is what motivated him to accomplish something great, which makes him a shining example of how we should live our life.
Gaudette believes so strongly in the good that the Ronald McDonald House does that he got out there and ran a race. He is a man whose deeds back up his words. We admire both the cause and the spirit to support that cause.
Press And Journal reporter Noelle Barrett wrote a story for last week’s editions about Gaudette’s run, including his love of his charity. But we’ve taken a few extra column inches to stress the good works of the Ronald McDonald House because, frankly, we are impressed by Gaudette’s deeds in the name of that charity.
When he crossed the finish line, he impressed us – and you, we trust – in so many ways.
In dark times, Gaudette gave us faith in the human spirit. Great race, Bill.