Between the Lines: When a little becomes a lot

$188.75.

Tom Sorensen, master of ceremonies at the Susan G. Komen South Dakota Race for the Cure festivities, talks with Kennedy Pratt in the DakotaDome Sunday morning. (Photo by David Lias)

If youre a typical adult, with typical bills to pay, it may not seem like a lot of money.

It may be enough to buy close to a weeks worth of groceries, if youre shopping for a typical family. Maybe two or three tanks of gas in your car, depending on its fuel-efficiency. It might (emphasis added) be enough to cover the costs of needed prescriptions at the drug store.

The ever-rising costs of the day-to-day items we must regularly purchase seems to easily diminish the above dollar amount.

However what if its your birthday? Youve just turned 10. And at the end of the day, youve discovered that friends and family have given you a grand total of $188.75.

If I could step into a time machine and suddenly be 10 years old again, I wouldnt know where to begin to spend that much money. Thats a lot of buying power for a young person.

The list could get long: new clothes, toys, books, maybe an iPod or a video game.

Kennedy Pratt, daughter of Shellie and Farron Pratt of Vermillion, received $188.75 at her 10th birthday party recently.

She decided to give it all away to the Susan G. Komen South Dakota Race for the Cure, which was held in Vermillion Sunday.

It appears this donation wasnt a spur of the moment decision on Kennedys part. When she was asked to step on the stage in the DakotaDome last Sunday morning following the race, she carried a jar containing the monetary birthday gifts she had just recently received.

At the same time, race officials unveiled a large pink poster that she and her guests made at her party. The poster is decorated with the white handprints and printed names of each her friends, all to serve as a heartfelt message of encouragement to everyone who participated in the days event.

Its easy to get swept up in everything involved with the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure theres a lot of planning involved, and if youre a participant, no doubt there was some degree of training done beforehand to get in shape for the big race.

This event is more than a race, however. As Kennedy so easily reminded everyone in the DakotaDome Sunday, this event is all about giving of ones self.

The first Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure was held in Dallas, TX in 1983. Since that time its presence and impact on breast health had gone global. As of last year, Komen had raised and invested more than $1.5 billion over the past three decades on research, breast cancer awareness, health advocacy and assistance to women to ensure they received needed treatment.

Stacked up next to $1.5 billion, a donation of $188.75 seems quite tiny.

When it comes from a 10-year-old girl who made the decision to freely give away her birthday gift in hopes of helping others, however, theres only word that can adequately describes Kennedys selfless contribution.

Priceless.

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