Editor’s note: We’re looking “in our rearview” to bring you some of our favorite stories, columns and items from Land Line’s 40-year history. Here’s a story from the August/September 2010 issue by Contributing Writer Charlie Morasch about the final leg of Jazzy Jordan’s run across America to raise awareness and money for the St. Christopher Fund.
She’d prepared for every moment except the finish.
Running into the heart of New York City at Times Square, tears streamed down Jasmine Jordan’s face, already pink from the midday sun and the pain of 3,161 miles in nine months.
In an instant, the city’s iconic Yellow cabs stood still. Police stopped all traffic at the intersection of 43rd and Broadway as a crowd gathered to welcome her.
Flanked by mom Paulette, dad Lee and brother Levi, Jazzy raised her arms and crossed a pink finish line.
She turned and took off the black jacket she wore as a tribute to the late Sheila Grothe, a family friend whose 2009 death from cancer spurred Jazzy to run from California to New York.
Handing the jacket to Randy Grothe, Sheila’s husband, the two hugged and cried. She was handed flowers and Gatorade.
In a New York minute, Jazzy’s “Run Across America” was over.