The Albion Running Club is hosting a 3.17 mile running event to honor one of its founding members, Wayne A. Burlison. The race has a scheduled start time of 12:01; this time is to represent one of the Bible verses loved by Wayne, Hebrews 12:1. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be contributed to the Wayne A. Burlison Memorial Scholarship, established in 2014 by Wayne’s wife and son. It is supported by Albion School employees, various musical groups that Wayne was involved in, the Albion Running Club, and family and friends.
The recipient of this award should be one that reflects the values and behaviors as modeled by Mr. Burlison. With a strong passion for music and the fine arts, he was also a person of integrity and perseverance, believing that can all can achieve in ways they hope to grow. He sought to find ways to help others learn, especially amongst difficulty. Mr. Burlison loved both the school and his community, showed compassion towards others, and was dedicated and committed to his family. Mr. Burlison was often quoted as having said "Everything we do is a choice, including how we react to the situations around us. What choice will you make?"; as well as “ ‘Can’t’ isn’t a word, try again.”
It is the hope that Albion High School seniors applying for this award apply these quotes to their daily lives, as well as reflecting behaviors and values like those of Mr. Burlison. Primary consideration will be given to students that are active in the fine arts or music in high school, and show good academic standing and/or growth. Applicants do not necessarily need to pursue a college degree in music or fine arts, but must state how they will continue to be active in music or fine arts as they attend college.
The distance of this event was chosen to honor Wayne’s 3 month and 17 day fight with stage 4 colon cancer. Wayne was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic colon cancer in December 2013. On the day he was diagnosed, he said that God would use this journey for a greater purpose, and we have seen that. Wayne continued to work and spread light, loving his family, and persevering during that time.
Wayne’s involvement with a multitude of musical groups, in worship, conducting, playing, and teaching, allowed Wayne to share his passion, gift, and love of and for music.
Wayne also developed a passion for running. He lost 150 pounds through exercising, eating healthily, and running, inspiring others to do the same. He ran a marathon, and many other races, teaching and leading others along the way. He often ran back to help and encourage others to cross the finish line.
Wayne's desire for you is that you live a life of integrity with a heart for God, and a love for all, appreciating the blessings of each precious moment. His wish was also for people to take care of themselves, to live a healthy life, and to do it in fellowship with others.
We hope you will join Wayne’s friends and family - keeping his legacy alive, joining a commitment to support others, and creating a healthier you!
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witness, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. (Hebrews 12:1)
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