Florence Forth, named for our daughter and the day she died, is our cape moment. Florence first started showing symptoms of autoimmune encephalitis when she was two. At that time, no one knew what she had. For four years, Florence spent countless days and nights in doctors’ offices and hospitals. She endured test after test. Through out it all, Florence stood tall, smiled and donned her cape to face every single day.
On March 4th, 2012 Florence lost her fight. Of course, there was grief. But there was more. We were inspired at how a child could face this so bravely. We resolved ourselves to do something to honor that. And the result is this race—inspired by our caped Florence—the proceeds from which go entirely to the AE Alliance.
Leslie and I remain inspired by the support our family, friends, fellow runners and the city of Durham have shown Florence Forth. On the chilly morning of March 2nd, 2013 as people started showing up for the inaugural event, Leslie and I saw not just the sheer number of people, but how many had taken the event to heart—many were wearing capes.
When we started Florence Forth, we didn’t realize the race would be our cape moment. We just wanted to share with the community that has given so much to our family. To our cause.
Now that we know what a cape moment looks like we want to discover and share other stories from our community. And while we have our ideas, we wouldn’t be here without you. So we invite your hero nominations. We can’t promise we’ll be able to produce profiles of every nominee, but we’ll be on the lookout for outstanding nominations. We hope this will be way to celebrate the individuals—the causes—that make Durham so extraordinary.