BENEFITING: AABR FOUNDATION INC
ORGANIZER: AABR FOUNDATION INC
EVENT DATE: Nov 03, 2013
On November 7, 2010 I watched people running the ING NYC Marathon near the finish line at Central Park. It was so inspiring to watch the marathoners run the last few meters of the race. I remember telling my friends with me that I wanted to run the marathon the next year, but like many things in life I never followed through with that goal.
Earlier in 2010 I met my friend, Teresa, in an improv class. She will always be one of the greatest people to ever come into my life. Teresa and I instantly became close friends, and we spent every free moment together going to improv shows and hanging out afterwards at bars. A couple of months into our friendship Teresa told me she had terminal cancer. She explained while her cancer was not treatable, the doctors kept her on chemo treatments to keep her cancer from spreading and to prolong her life. Teresa was so upbeat, positive, and full of life that it was hard to believe she was so sick. As time went by Teresa's cancer started not responding to chemo and began to spread. Myself and a couple of friends decided we would be there for Teresa as much as we could. We started going with her to treatments and doctor appointments. We stood by her side during hospital stays and surgeries. The more agressive Teresa's cancer got, the more we were there to help her fight it. I've never watched someone fight as hard as Teresa did.
On June 27, 2012, Teresa lost her battle with cancer. She confided in me one day that she thought after she died that she wouldn't matter to people any more. Teresa was wrong. If it wasn't for her, I would never in a million years sign-up to run the marathon. Teresa taught me so much about life and how I want to live it. She taught me how to be fearless and how to find happiness within myself. I think about her every time I run and it gives me strength I never thought I had. At the beginning of this year I couldn't run 1 mile without walking, but last month I ran my 1st half marathon and ran the entire 13.1 miles. I will be dedicating my marathon run on November 3rd to Teresa because she has given me the strength I need to accomplish this goal.
Since I am not a "runner" per se, I knew I needed to find a charity to run for the marathon. AABR has given me a spot on their team and I coundn't be happier to run for them! For almost six decades, AABR has been guided by the dream: “May each life find meaning.” They teach daily living skills, inspire self-confidence and empower adults with developmental disabilities and children with autism to lead productive and rewarding lives. You can learn more about AABR here: http://www.aabr.org/ Please consider giving a donation to this amazing organization. My goal is to raise $3,000 for them and I can't do it without your support.