(Senate - July 14, 2016)

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[Congressional Record Volume 162, Number 114 (Thursday, July 14, 2016)]
[Pages S5148-S5149]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office []


 Mr. DAINES. Mr. President, ``If we all do one random act of 
kindness daily, we just might set the world in the right direction.'' 
These are inspiring words and a mantra for the Miles City nonprofit 
Wake Up & Lace Up. But for Kelly and Cindy Reid, this quote is a 
lifestyle, and for the last 34 years this couple has selflessly 
volunteered their time to setting the community of Miles City in the 
right direction. Together they have brought economic growth and 
national recognition to this town of nearly 9,000 people. They are an 
active couple and have used sports and athletic events to bring people 
from their community, Montana, and neighboring States together.
  Cindy uses running and athletics as a powerful motivator. As a 
survivor of acute myelogenous leukemia, she used exercise as a way to 
work through her illness. From this experience she cofounded Wake Up & 
Lace Up, which provides direct funding to eastern Montana family to 
help cover the costs of cancer treatment. These costs include travel 
expenses and even wigs to chemotherapy patients. For one family, they 
even provided a stroller to accommodate a family of triplets. When 
dealt a hard hand, she turned her hardship into an opportunity to 
extend kindness and has inspired many others to her cause. Altogether 
the organization has provided nearly $103,000 to 157 patients and their 
families in Miles City, Forsyth, Colstrip, Hysham, Jordan,

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Broadus, Baker, Sidney, Plentywood, Fairview, and Circle.
  Along with her nonprofit, Cindy inspires young girls through multiple 
athletic programs in her area. Cindy has coached fifth and sixth grade 
girls traveling basketball teams, girls' softball, and track and field 
at Washington Middle School and Custer County District High School. 
Over the years, she has organized multiple athletic events such as 
Range Runners, Row Run & Ride, and the Badlands Bowl Fun Run.
  When she isn't running, coaching, or raising money, you can find 
Cindy playing piano at the Sacred Heart Parish.
  Her husband and teammate is Miles City native, Kelly Reid. Over the 
years Kelly has brought economic growth to Miles City through a variety 
of businesses and events. After serving 2 years in the Army and working 
as an air traffic controller in Salt Lake, UT, Kelly moved back to his 
hometown and has been promoting others to be a part of Miles City ever 
  Kelly has coordinated numerous events, including boxing matches with 
Olympic boxer Todd Foster, concerts with Willie Nelson and Merle 
Haggard, the 1995 Cattle Drive, and most recognizably the Montana North 
Dakota All Star Football game.
  Every year, this game recruits 34 of the best senior players from 
each State and brings them together in June to raise money for the 
Knights of Columbus. Over 1,500 players have participated since the 
inaugural game and brings together over 2,500 friends, families, and 
fans. The game showcases Montana talent and instills camaraderie and 
healthy competition into these young men. USA Today even recognized the 
event as the ``No. 1 Montana Community Event'' in 1998.
  They have played an irreplaceable role in the lives of so many. Their 
good deeds and hard work has affected citizens all over Custer County, 
MT, and North Dakota and improves the lives of Miles City citizens 
every day. Thank you for the tireless and selfless dedication you have 
for your community.