Todd's Letter to Others
Todd and Kristi prepared this letter for a broader audience

Dear friends,

 

I hope that you will take a few minutes to read a bit about my personal story and how my wife Kristi and I plan to celebrate my 42nd birthday in June.  I almost did not live to see my 40th birthday (that story is below), so this year we will celebrate in an unusual way that brings together our passion for fitness and physical challenge and our longstanding sense of responsibility and desire to serve the homeless in our community.  We will be doing a “birthday challenge,” which will consist of a series of physical activities in multiples of 42, coupled with a fundraising effort to benefit the Mobile Loaves and Fishes (MLF) ministry at Lake Hills Church (LHC).

 

MLF is an organization based here in Austin that exists “to provide food, clothing, and dignity to our brothers and sisters in need. . . through the use of 12 catering trucks that go out onto the city streets of Austin, San Antonio, New Orleans, Providence, and Nashville every night of the week. . . .”  (www.mlfnow.org)  LHC, our home church, has recently joined this ministry by purchasing a truck and outfitting a kitchen from which to make nightly truck runs.  It costs around $200 per day to send the truck out.

 

I initially considered doing a birthday challenge for my 40th birthday in 2006.  That idea was crushed when I experienced sudden cardiac arrest on April 20, 2006.  Kristi woke up at approximately 3:00 A.M. when she heard me hit the floor by our bed.  Though Kristi had no prior CPR training, the 911 operator talked her through 5 minutes of life-saving CPR until the firefighters arrived and continued for the next ten minutes; they also administered 5 shocks from an automatic external defibrillator.  When the paramedics arrived, I still had no pulse, but they tried two more shocks.  On the 7th shock, they found a pulse.  I had been unresponsive and without a pulse for 20 minutes.  Miraculously, I recovered completely.  My cardiac arrest was caused by an electrical defect (Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome) that I have had for my entire life and that is not usually life-threatening.  The defect has since been eliminated.  The miracle I experienced has made me acutely aware of the need to be very deliberate in my efforts to be truly authentic and to serve others.  That's what my birthday challenge is about.

 

In an effort to raise at least $4200.00 for Mobile Loaves and Fishes at < xml="true" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" prefix="st1" namespace="">Lake Hills Church, Kristi and I will each attempt to complete the following in under 42 hours:

 

  • bike 42 miles
  • swim 4200 yards
  • run 42k
  • lift 4.2 tons
  • do 420 push-ups
  • do 420 crunches.

 

In addition to the physical challenges, Kristi, our daughters, and I will do three MLF truck runs on various Saturdays this summer, including my actual birthday.

 

I would appreciate it very much if you would consider making a contribution to MLF to recognize our efforts on behalf of the homeless.  If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to Mobile Loaves and Fishes, please send it to me at Walsh, Anderson, Brown, Schulze & Aldridge, P.C., P. O. Box 2156 Austin, Texas 78768-2156.  Please make checks payable to Lake Hills Church and put "Mobile Loaves and Fishes" in the memo blank.

 

Thank you for your support!

 

Sincerely yours,

 

 

 

Todd Clark

 

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