/ Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

This is a long overdue blog post, and I apologize. I have had such a horrible case of writer’s block, trying to find the right words to express my admiration and gratitude for what Jonathan and Team Voice have done. Everything I’ve tried came out sounding so inadequate, and I fear this will as well.

One of the highlights of the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend was watching Jonathan Dichter come down the final ramp on the way to the finish line of the Half Marathon in Epcot’s parking lot.

This was so much more than a personal victory for Jonathan.

Collectively, Team Voice raised $4000 for Dream Team Project.

You read that right. $4000.

But it was about so much more than the money. 

You see, 2 years ago when Jonathan was “The Voice of MouseTunes,” he announced that he would lose weight and run in the 2009 WDW Half Marathon, if people would sponsor him, and he’d donate that money to The Dream Team Project. 

Not only did people sponsor him, they rallied around him and formed a support network that touched and changed each of their lives. Encouragement when the road got tough. Personal challenges to keep each other motivated. Friendships that will last a lifetime. Team Voice is a living testament to the power of positive thinking and teamwork. 

And on that beautiful sunny day in January, a much thinner Jonathan crossed the finish line…. and kept on going.

That evening, Jonathan announced on the All About the Mouse podcast he cohosts with Bryan Ripper, that he would continue to lose weight and continue to run, in support of The Dream Team Project. His next run is the Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon on June 27, 2009. 

Dream Team Project is very grateful to Jonathan and all of Team Voice for their efforts, their inspiration, and their continued support.

You can sponsor Jonathan and Team Voice by emailing him at Jonathan@allaboutthemouse.com. Read his blog, too, when you get a chance. Especially go back to read “Will You Run For Me”, a poem written by Dream Team member Kate. It captures exactly why we do what we do.  

There is also a blog for Team Voice events that you might check out, and even join up.

Thank you Jonathan. Thank you Team Voice. And thank you to everyone who supported their efforts!