A Vallejoan's Spirit of Compassion

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A Vallejoan's Spirit of Compassion


Vallejo resident, Judy Lafear recently returned from a journey which will benefit individuals and families battling blood cancers such as: leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Strangely what actually began as a personal fitness goal for her quickly blossomed into a lot more- when fate took a sudden twist. This story illustrates her true spirit of compassion.


Not long ago, the quality of life of one of her family member was completely changed by the selfless act of an organ donor. In gratitude, Lafear sought to find a cause in which she could give back. She found the Team In Training® organization which raises funds for the 'The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society'.  http://www.leukemia-lymphoma.org.

The organization offered her a dual opportunity to meet her physical fitness goals and raise funds to aid others. Lafear made a serious and a thorough investigation of the organization:  She interacted with the organizational staff, other volunteers and she listened intently to the honorees stories. Her heart was touched and she took action.

Judy shared what she learned with me in two valuable messages:

Judy Lafear

•1. Be aware of what a blessing it is to have your health:

A serious diagnosis affecting your health or the health of a love one can have a huge impact on the family.

•2. Recognize the importance of giving back.

Recognize that we all have had or will need assistance at some time. Each of us can help someone in need. We can give of ourselves physically or we can provide financial support.


Judy became emerged in a cause she sorely came to believe in. She made a commitment to a run a 26.2 mile marathon in Anchorage, Alaska. The Mayor's Marathon took place in June. Although she had never run a marathon in her life, ironically everything she has done until then seemed to have prepared her for this major feat. Most recently she has participated in two, local, shorter distance events. In San Francisco, the Bay to Breakers and in Vallejo, The Touro University Mare Island. In preparation for the challenge she utilized the streets, hills and bridges of the city of Vallejo and Solano County. While she was aggressively training for the Mayor's Marathon she suffered a serious leg injury.

Neither her painful injury nor the stitches dampened her spirit nor hindered her determination. On her return, Judy blissfully reflected on her group's efforts and accomplishments. She summed up the experience and stated, "It was really a worthwhile cause and it was an awesome experience.

In retrospect it was no surprise that she maintained a steady pace and persevered to the finish.

Judy Lafear, Vallejoans salute you!


Author's note: Judy Lafear is a past president of Vallejo's Mare Island's Toastmaster's Club. 

Comments (15)

Sonya Rosser
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers - Douglasville, GA

A definite salute to Judy Lafear.  It is truly a blessing to be a blessing.  What an honor to have compassion towards others while forgetting about self.  Praise God.  Lets pray that more people begin to show compassion towards others.

Jul 24, 2008 01:45 PM
Dionne Morgan
Realty World Solano Realty - Vallejo, CA

Sonya, thank you for acknowledging one of my own favorite people. We all have so much on our plates as we try to balance our lives. It is always amazing to me how Judy manages to include those things in her schedule that benefits others.

Jul 24, 2008 05:14 PM
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


This post belongs in the group - It's all about them (ThemThem)!  Thanks for an uplifting story.

Mike in Tucson

Jul 25, 2008 03:10 AM
Dionne Morgan
Realty World Solano Realty - Vallejo, CA

Thank you Mike. What a great idea. Thank you for the suggestion. I never thought of it. It is a done deal.

 Have a great day.

Jul 25, 2008 05:03 AM
Dan Woodworth
The Connection - Garden City, ID
Encouraging Communicator

Hi Dionne, Thank You for your encouraging and inspiring post.  Health and wholeness are gifts.  Giving back is vital to ourselves and others.  Happiness cannot be experienced directly.  Thank You for feauring Judy!  The only way we can be happy is when we help someone else experience their dreams!  I love Toastmasters!  Our club is much like AR!

Jul 25, 2008 08:24 AM
Kimberly Grant
Exit Leon Crawford Realty - Huntsville, AL
Real Estate Agent - Huntsville Alabama

This is a really nice post Dionne.  It was nice of you to highlight Judy in this way.  I absolutely love Toastmasters and this is one of the reasons why... You can meet the best people that you might not have run into otherwise.

Jul 25, 2008 11:06 AM
Deb Brooks
Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas - Wichita Falls, TX

Dionne, I miss you. I have not heard from you in quite a while! This is a wonderful post for Judy and everyone that can learn from it! You do keep giving back yourself lady!

Later in the rain~Deb

Jul 25, 2008 01:56 PM
Dionne Morgan
Realty World Solano Realty - Vallejo, CA

Dan, It sounds like you are engaged in a wonderful Toastmaster's group. Our Toastmaster's  club is a great place to thrive with members like Judy. She is a very humble  and giving person. I know she will be so surprised and touched to know that her efforts were recognized by you and others so far away from our community.

Thank you so much for stopping by. 

Jul 25, 2008 02:40 PM
Dionne Morgan
Realty World Solano Realty - Vallejo, CA

Kimberly, I have established some great friendship in Toastmaster's: which reminds me of ActiveRain. Where else can you meet 100,000 people all in one olace? I never would have had the opportunity to meet you. Thank you so much for taking time to comment and honor Judy.

Jul 25, 2008 02:47 PM
Dionne Morgan
Realty World Solano Realty - Vallejo, CA

Debra, is that you? Wow, you get around.  l must thank you on Judy's behalf. 

As busy as I know you are, you still found time to double park and comment. I thought you were coming to the San Francisco Bay Area wth the AR gang.  I would have loved to have met up with you there.

You did a great job on your Livingston, Texas video. I wish I had the skills to have done a video interview of Judy. In time I will master those skills with help from all of my buddies.

Thanks again and take care.

Jul 25, 2008 02:56 PM
South Austin Real Estate Blog
Sky Realty South Austin - Austin, TX

HI Dionne, what a lovely person your friend Judy is.. and how wonderful to be blessed with people in our lives that give of themselves over and over... its what keeps our world great.  Judy sounds like a lovely person that anyone would like to call a friend.

Jul 28, 2008 11:24 PM
Dionne Morgan
Realty World Solano Realty - Vallejo, CA

Hello Gail.  Where have you been?  I am so happy you drop by

Judy is certainly one of the most charitable individuals I know. She gives of of her time and abilities unselfishly. She is indeed a special individual that Vallejo can be proud of.

Jul 29, 2008 12:49 PM
Chris Fisher
Your Virtual Assistant - Concord, CA

Gail - thank you for sharing this story.  I can't imagine doing what Judy did, it's such an amazing thing.  My friend is currently training for a marathon to benefit the same cause.  She has a knee injury and is afraid she won't make it, but last weekend was the 20 mile and she finished with the help of her friends.  It's been an amazing experience for her. 

Sep 26, 2008 03:17 PM
Dionne Morgan
Realty World Solano Realty - Vallejo, CA

Hi Chris, thank you for dropping by.  Congrats to your friend. Where did she do the twenty mile? I am sure Judy will enjoy reading this. I will be passing it on to her in a few days. 

Sep 26, 2008 04:42 PM
Chris Fisher
Your Virtual Assistant - Concord, CA

San Francisco.  She is training for the Nike Women's Marathon in October.  Judy did a very good thing, and it was surely a very positive experience for her.  Again, thanks for sharing!

Sep 27, 2008 07:00 AM