BENEFITING: SPARROWS NEST OF THE HUDSON VALLEY INC
ORGANIZER: SPARROWS NEST OF THE HUDSON VALLEY INC
EVENT DATE: Nov 07, 2015
In January of 2013 I was diagnosed with Lymphoma. After an emergency thyroidectomy and tracheotomy, I was sent to the oncologist for treatment. I had six rounds of chemo and I thought that all I had to do was to get stronger. I was left bald, I spoke in a whisper, had peripheral neuropathy and I was in a wheelchair.
I tell people I survived the disease, now I have to survive the treatment. I have fought hard in my recovery. I've had 6 months of Physical Therapy and OT. I've had two surgeries (thyroplasty) and speech therapy to improve my voice. I go to the wellness center most days. I just began to train for running.
I try to make healthier choices in food (but I DO love a good cupcake & I adore good beer). I am also excited about new experiences: Among other things I have swum with dolphins, hiked in the desert in Nevada, and ridden a horse! Last weekend I ran my first 5K!
I could not have accomplished these things without the love, prayers and support of my family and friends. <3
I adore Sparrow's Nest and believe strongly in their mission. I decided to join their running team and run a half marathon. By doing this, I can raise enough money to feed a family with cancer for a year. I'm not kidding, I am scared. The last time I ran was in Berlin, Germany and the wall was still up. It's a lot of money to raise. I will be asking for advice from my "runner" friends, encouragement from all of you & (eventually) monetary support to help me reach my goal. I will get there one step at a time.
Please support our team and make a tax deductible donation today on this secure website. Donations can also be mailed to:
Sparrow’s Nest Charity, 942 Route 376, Suite 217, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
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