About 50 of our friends and family members joined Team Thomas on Saturday, August 22, to remember our precious son along with many other babies that have gone on to be with Jesus by participating in the Baby Steps Memorial 5K and One Mile Fun Run. It was such a special and unforgettable day. It blessed our hearts to receive so much love and support from our friends and family who got up early on their Saturday morning to be a part of Team Thomas. We would like to thank everyone who participated; we love and appreciate you so much!
As I reflect back on Saturday, I think about the many different emotions I felt, including sadness, gratefulness, joy, excitement and anticipation. Our morning began around 5:30 a.m. as we woke up and got ready for the run. Tannehill State Park is about a 45-minute drive from our home so Buddy and I had some time to talk and prepare for the day. I cried nearly the entire way there and thought I was going to be a complete train wreck the whole day. By the time we arrived however, I was able to pull it together. It was exciting to see blue Team Thomas shirts everywhere I looked as we were driving in to park. It brought us much joy to see people who were there to support us and remember our sweet baby Thomas. Before the race began, we took a big group picture of Team Thomas along with many other pictures and had a time of prayer. Then the 5K and One Mile Fun Run began. As one of my friends and I set up our chairs to wait at the finish line, the anticipation began to set in. We anxiously awaited our runners. Our team did an incredible job and we even had two team members that placed! We would like to congratulate my little brother, Trey Tucker, who placed 2nd in his age group, as well as Cary Martin who won his age division! We’re very proud of them! (Check out the complete list of race results.) After winners were announced and door prizes were issued, a balloon release was held to close out the day. It was at this point that I couldn’t hold it together anymore. It was a very emotional time for me, Team Thomas and many others who came to remember their loved one who had passed away. You never think or expect that you will be a part of this group, that it will be your baby that everyone is there to remember; it’s heart-wrenching to say the least.
We would like to thank all those again who came out to be a part of Team Thomas; we are truly grateful for your love and support. Proceeds from the Baby Steps Memorial Run benefited The Amelia Center, a comprehensive grief counseling center that provides free individual and family counseling to children and teens who have experienced a death, or to adults who have experienced the death of a child. This organization has been very helpful for Buddy and me during our time of grief over Thomas. If you didn’t get to participate in the Run but would still like to help, you can make a donation here. Please be sure to make your donation in memory of Thomas Alexander Lambert V so that we will be notified of your gift. Thank you again and go Team Thomas!
Thomas' Mommy, Wife, Daughter, Christian, Communications and Event Coordinator, Missions Leader, Youth Worker, Alabama Fan, Traveler, Dog Lover