Sometimes, all you need is faith.
Saturday, a little girl from Maryville showed others what it means to succeed, despite individual challenges.
Faith Russell was born with Spina Bifida, a condition that affects the spine, which can make walking or running very difficult. Still, 8-year old Faith had a goal of completing a race.
"A few years ago if someone would have told me we would be here today it would be hard for me to imagine," said Faith's mother, Robin Russell.
"I want to show everybody whatever they have, they can always finish a race," the 8 year old explained.
So, she signed up for one. Her chance came at this weekend's Boys & Girls Club "Be Great, Run 8!" event in Knoxville.
" At first I was a little nervous about letting her," said mom. "But you [have] to put your "momma guard" down and pick up your shield of faith and believe God's going to be with her and protect her."
Faith's brother, Griffin, helped her train by spending evenings on the treadmill and elliptical coaching his sister.
On Saturday, "Team Faith" showed up to support the child as she participated in the 2 mile fun walk. That included the family's extended community at Oakland Baptist Church in Maryville.
"She inspires me everyday that I see her," said Reverend Gary Holley.
"What she's doing really means a lot to us," said Ella Evans. "She can do anything she wants to do if she just puts her mind to it. And that goes for everybody else."
"Team Faith" donned t-shirts made specifically for the event. On the back reads a quote:
"Be strong and courageous for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."
"That's the verse we stand by that's the verse faith stands by," Holley said.
Russell said Faith will be back in action soon. She is already signed up for her next race - the Spring Sprint in Alcoa.