After the tragic loss of our four year daughter, Addison Emilie Nye in 2015, we were struck with unimaginable grief. My wife Nancy and I spent many hours walking every day… mostly without speaking. Sometimes numb and sometimes in tears, we kept walking and walking. We walked everyday for months, many times together and sometimes alone. Walking helped in some way that is indescribable when dealing with what felt like at the time, insurmountable grief. There is the obvious physical benefit of keeping fit that helps with the grieving process, but there is something in addition to that which promotes healing when walking. It’s being present in the moment, smelling the air, feeling the pain, laughing and crying. We came to believe that walking was absolutely necessary in our grieving process.
Road to Healing
In Addison’s brief but beautiful life, she teamed with energy and magic as she touched everyone she came across in a unique and special way.
She loved to run! We spent four years chasing her. With Addison’s love of running and the healing we eventually received by walking after her passing, having a Walk/Run in honor of Addison just felt right. We have learned that by taking the time to honor your loved ones that have passed, is what provides an instrumental key to the healing process.
The Run With Angels 5k is an opportunity for all of us to walk or run in someone’s honor and to take the time to say, I love you and I miss you. Register online.
Thomas and Nancy Nye