Todd was kind enough to share his story with us. What he said depicts a detail at LSM that is carefully planned for all the participants. Wanna know what it is? Let’s hear Todd out:

I’ve been friends with Mark since junior high school. I became good friends with Laura when she started dating Mark and stood up in their wedding in 2004. I’m an avid runner and I participate in local charity 5k races in Milwaukee. In addition to running the 5k race in all three past Smile Miles, I help with event day set up, from blowing up balloons to putting up signs along the race route. Ovarian cancer statistics are posted on signs along the route which allows people to learn more about the disease as they walk, from reading about symptoms and early warning signs to survival rates. Laura’s Smile Mile is a great event for me—it allows me to support my dear friends Mark & Laura by spreading ovarian cancer awareness while at the same time I get to enjoy my passion of running.”                    

                                                                                                                                                                                        – Todd Novotny

Using something we love and are good at to help people is one of the most rewarding and joyful things in the world, isn’t it?  Thank you, Todd! :)