A bit lengthy, but please read and feel free to share :)
A year ago, I registered to run my 3rd Marathon for Project Purple, but a knee injury forced me to bow out and only complete the half-marathon. I told myself that this was the end of my marathon running . . . that I couldn't do it again. Maybe I was tired of running, maybe I was tired of my body constantly hurting, or maybe I was simply afraid to try again and fail? After wallowing in these moments of self-pity, I put my big-boy pants on and thought about my dad’s journey with this disease - laying there in excruciating pain – but all the while keeping a smile on his face. Not afraid of anything, not even death. I realized that doing nothing to help eradicate this devastating disease would dishonor the pain and suffering my dad and so many other people have experienced.
Because of this, I am here asking you to support me as I train to run the 40th Lincoln Marathon for Project Purple, on behalf of my father Bill Miller. I continue to run for two reasons. The first being to help raise funds to support this amazing organization in hopes of one day living in a world without pancreatic cancer. The second, and my main reason for running, is TIME. Every week during my training runs I get a few extra hours with my dad. Sometimes I’m crying and sometimes I’m smiling at the end of my run, but no matter what I’ve had the chance to spend some TIME with my dad and keep our memories front and center. There isn’t a day that passes that I don’t wish that I had the opportunity to make new memories, but this terrible disease has robbed me of that opportunity. There is no going back, but hopefully as I move forward and with your help we can make a difference in other people’s lives – and maybe give someone else more TIME with their loved ones.
Your words of encouragement is all the support I need. But Project Purple needs your financial support. They are doing amazing things in the field of pancreatic research. So, if you have been impacted by this terrible disease – please donate and share. If you know someone whose life has forever been changed by pancreatic cancer – please donate and share this with them. If you would give anything to have more TIME with someone you have lost - please donate and share. Maybe through our collective efforts, we can give someone else that precious and elusive gift that cancer has robbed us of - TIME.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, thank you for your support and encouragement, but most important THANK YOU for making a difference.