EVENT DATE: Sep 14, 2014
When I decided to run a half marathon, I knew two things. I knew I wanted to somehow incorporate fundraising into the experience and I knew I wanted to run in honor of my mother, Nancy Woods, a woman that was such a positive force in my life.
My mother passed away suddenly on January 12. 2012. It was a total shock to the entire family and this sudden loss shook us all to the core. As my siblings and I struggle to make sense of life without Mom, we've been able to pull strength from all of our great (and mostly hilarious) memories of her. If you knew my mom, you knew that her drive in life was to help out wherever she could. As a nurse she did this on a daily basis as her profession, but this willingness to help also played a major role in one important aspect of my childhood – we had a ton of pets!
Sure, we had dogs and cats like most families, but at one time or another we also had birds, fish, iguanas, rabbits, a tortoise and even a prairie dog! On several occasions Mom would take me and my sisters to the local animal shelter “just to look” and we’d inevitably walk out with an animal that needed a loving home. While my father wasn’t always pleased with the idea of another pet, he knew my mom was just doing it because she couldn’t leave that poor animal there, she wanted to help in any way she could - even if that meant having 3 dogs, 2 cats, 2 rabbits, a bird, and an iguana all at the same time!
When I began thinking about charities that were important to me but also would've been equally important to Mom, the MSPCA-Angell immediately came to mind. The mission of the MSPCA-Angell is to protect animals, relieve their suffering, advance their health and welfare, prevent cruelty, and work for a just and compassionate society. This is a mission statement I know my mother would support.
So, as I train for the Michelob Ultra Boston 13.1 Marathon - my first half marathon - please consider donating to a cause that is near and dear to my heart but also honors the amazingly giving spirit of my mother, Nancy Woods.
*The MSPCA-Angell is a national and international leader in animal protection and veterinary medicine and provides direct hands-on care for thousands of animals each year. Founded in 1868, MSPCA-Angell is the second-oldest humane society in the United States. Services include animal protection and adoption, advocacy, humane education, law enforcement, and world-class veterinary care. http://www.mspca.org/
The MSPCA-Angell is a private, nonprofit organization and does not receive any government funding nor are they funded or operated by any national humane organization. The MSPCA-Angell relies solely on the support and contributions of individuals who care about animals.