Curtis Hargrove is a man with a beautiful mission. The 26 year-old from Cold Lake, Alberta legged it to deliver an important message to TV personality Ellen DeGeneres.
The runner ran 2,400 km over 49 days - all the way from Vancouver Island to Ellen's studios in California - to hand-deliver a blanket. Not just any blanket, but one made with love by a young woman named Angel Magnussen.
Magnussen, a 19 year-old with Down Syndrome, has been sewing her heart out daily, providing customized blankets to sick children all over the world through her non-profit “Hugginz by Angel.”
The story goes that Magnussen mailed her idol Ellen a blanket, and got no response. Then along came Hargrove with a promise:
“I asked (Angel) to make another one and told her that this time, I would personally deliver it to Ellen myself.”
He arrived outside Ellen's studios yesterday, and sadly got no reception. However, Hargrove is not easily discouraged. He hopes the message will get through to the popular talk show host, who shares Angel's love of cats.
But you can't please all the people all the time... Ellen is a busy woman. My humble little inbox alone sees lots of requests, so I can only imagine the staggering volume of requests Ellen's producers wade through every single day.
However, I love that Hargrove did this trek to raise awareness of Angel and her project. Even more than that, I love that he hasn't come down on Ellen for not providing the hero's welcome, and he has urged others not to disparage her either.
This story is not about someone getting their 15 minutes or a chance to sit on Ellen's couch.
This story is about two people who have each done an amazing thing - something that will continue to be amazing, whether Ellen acknowledges it or not.