Today we want to highlight one of our most long-standing (and outstanding) ambassadors for mobility: Lucy Cordova. Lucy has been running to support FWM for years now–and has gotten her students in on the action too! The Willmore Thunderbirds are a group of 5th and 6th grade students of Lucy’s that run with her as part of Team Mobility. (You can check out their fundraising page here!) Besides teaching the kids the basics in the classroom, by getting her students involved with Team Mobility Lucy is also teaching them how to “help others…[and] know the power they have to make changes in their world.”

Lucy and the Willmore Thunderbirds have been hard at work training and running—in April they ran in the Run Seal Beach 5K race. Through their fundraising efforts they were able to raise $1,099: enough to lift 17 people off of the ground and into a wheelchair. In a complete surprise, on July 9 Lucy was presented with a $500 Director’s Award from the Run Seal Beach organizers at the Seal Beach City Council meeting in recognition of her and the Thunderbirds’ efforts. With the added funds Cordova and the students have been able to lift a total of 25 people into a brand new wheelchair!

Lucy has some great ideas for getting her kids motivated to fund-raise. “What I’m doing is giving the kids 1 raffle ticket for every 10 “Smencils” (scented pencils) they sell for $1.50 each. My cost was .55 each, so FWM gets .95 from each one sold.” In fact, the idea is really taking off: “I thought it would be good to do this as incentive, but man, they’re selling a lot so I’m going to have to have a lot of items in the raffle!”

As always, our ambassadors never cease to amaze us with original ideas and original spins on some of the classics. Thanks to Run Seal Beach/the Seal Beach City Council, the Willmore Thunderbirds and, of course, to Lucy for continuing to make miles matter and running for Team Mobility!

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If you would like to support Lucy and the Thunderbirds, click here. FWM’s next Team Mobility event is the Long Beach Marathon on October 7, 2012. Race distances include 5K, 26.2 bike tour, half marathon, and marathon. Learn more at


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