Running for Trevor: LA native runs from NO to BR in honor of Trevor Sims
POSTED: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 5:05pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 6:15pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Who could forget Trevor Sims? He's the little boy who's dying wish was to feed the hungry here in south Louisiana. Well certainly not one man who's running all the way from New Orleans to Baton Rouge. It's all in an effort to keep Trevor's memory and his dream alive.
"This gentleman just reached out to us to let us know he was doing this in honor of Trevor," said Mike Manning, CEO of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.
More than 80 miles, it's a trip most people would never take by foot, but Paul Sibley partnered up with the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank to do just that. It's all for Trevor, a little boy who made quite an impression on all of us, especially Manning.
"The biggest thing anyone remembers about Trevor was his smile, that was it. I mean, he had one of those infectious smiles that just drew you in," Manning said.
Trevor was fighting cancer, but instead of focusing on himself, his wish was to feed the hungry. Even though he's no longer with us, his selflessness left a mark on thousands, including Sibley.
"His nephew was a classmate of Trevor, and he's a cancer survivor," Manning explained.
Manning said Sibley lives in Hawaii, but is back in Louisiana for a high school reunion. So Sibley took it upon himself to help keep Trevor's efforts alive by running.
"It's really impressive that he can do that, and being a cancer survivor, it's even more impressive because of what his body's been through," Manning said. "So it's one of those inspirational things that can really inspire others to do more."
Before Trevor passed, he started a campaign with help from the food bank. He raised more than $65,000 which meant more than 350,000 meals for those in need.
Manning thinks the attention Sibley is bringing to the ongoing need will only further the impact of little Trevor's influence.
"It's just such a perfect, another way to honor Trevor," Manning said. "He was such an amazing child. He was such an amazing young man for his age. It really just inspires us to try to do more to honor him."
Sibley is expected to make it to the Trevor Sims Memorial Bridge on North Blvd. around 6:00 P.M., Wednesday.
If you would like to learn more about Paul and his journey, you can go to www.cancerrunner.org.
If you would like to donate to help live out Trevor's wish, you can go to http://www.brfoodbank.org/trevors-wish-2013/