By Dr. Jason Hamed
“Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him.” 1 Corinthians 7:17
I am honored to have the opportunity to run with Team Catholic Charities as it allows me to fulfill two purposes simultaneously. First, I get the opportunity to bring awareness to a group that does great things in our world and second, I am able to inspire my children and community to live a healthier lifestyle.
This year will mark the 12-year-anniversary of the passing of my father to cancer. This event could’ve been viewed as solely a tragic event. Instead I have viewed this for the positives it has brought in my life. First and foremost, the illness of my father strengthened our family bond and deepened my relationship with Christ. Second, it motivated me to be a better doctor, educator and living example of how to implement healthy lifestyle choices in a not-so-healthy world.
My calling is to inspire and educate those around me to live to their fullest potential. My hope is that by living Godly principles my actions will allow others to see in themselves what is truly possible.
I am blessed to have an amazingly supportive wife, Whitney, and three beautiful children, Reese, Boston and Taylor. My wife and I are very active and enjoy triathlons and exercise in general and our children enjoy watching “Mommy and Daddy race.” As we have created solutions to managing a busy two-working-parent household, we our teach our patients how to easily implement exercise and proper nutrition into any busy lifestyle.
On a purely selfish note, I always thought it would be an amazing experience to run the New York City Marathon. I know it will be a day I will remember , as will my oldest daughter, as we will have a wonderful Daddy and Daughter “date weekend” in New York City. (She is already excited to see the Statue of Liberty).
Thank you to Team Catholic Charities for the work you do for those in need and thank you for the opportunity for me to experience an amazing event while fulfilling my life’s purpose.
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