Like lots of other people, each year when I watch the Marathon I tell myself that I'm going to run it next year. Somehow that desire disappears in January when it's so easy just to sleep in on a cold, snowy morning. But the events of this past year have really motivated me to run next year, for the first time.
I would never have imagined using the word runner to describe myself; I could barely run yards, much less miles. Now as I train, it's hard to believe that some are calling me a marathoner. Both descriptions are beyond all logic and fear.
I am running the 2014 Boston Marathon to fulfill the mission of the Joe Andruzzi Foundation to provide help, hope, and reasons to smile for those in New England and New York battling cancer. Along the way, I am hopeful the training and the Marathon itself helps me find answers to what I witnessed and experienced on Marathon Monday and to alleviate the startle response that I suffer from every day since.
Like the Boston Marathon, the Joe Andruzzi Foundation has and will continue to truly bring us together in moments of incredible feats of the human endurance. The Joe Andruzzi Foundation and Marathon Monday have a special meaning in my life.
Please consider giving generously to help those battling cancer. For more information on the Joe Andruzzi Foundation, check out: www.joeandruzzifoundation.org
Thank you and god bless.