Anyone who knew Kenzie Ruston knew that she loved life and loved to have fun. They knew how determined she was to work for hours on mastering that new trick, or how she would bring laughter and smiles to everyone in the room with her storytelling, magic tricks, and original songs. Anyone who knew Kenzie Ruston knew that she was loved infinitely and lived life to the fullest.
On January 5, 2022, the Bouncing Bulldogs, joined in spirit by friends and family all over the world, came together to jump for Kenzie, celebrate her life, and spend time in community with one another. The event, now set to land on the anniversary of Kenzie’s birthday every year, embraced her charismatic character and passion for having fun and jumping rope. Jumpers of all ages played jump rope games, created new routines and combinations, and collaborated on a trivia challenge, memory sharing activity, and sidewalk chalk mural. The event culminated with glow sticks worn in honor of the light that Kenzie brought into our lives, a video screening, and of course, chocolate cupcakes (Kenzie loved chocolate everything!).
Other friends and family furthered the reach of Kenzie’s legacy by sending in jumping videos throughout the day. We received videos from the UK, France, Japan, and numerous states including Michigan, Oregon, California, Colorado, Texas, Maryland, and North Carolina. The event’s turnout was a true testament to Kenzie and the type of supportive community that the Bouncing Bulldogs program has created.
During a difficult time of the year, as our love for Kenzie weighs more heavily on our hearts, the Jump-a-Thon is such a wonderful, comforting way to celebrate her and pass on lessons learned from the way she lived her life. I am so grateful for every person who participated in the Jump-a-Thon as it is our unity and community that brings the event its upbeat energy and ensures that Kenzie’s legacy continues to live on.