BENEFITING: American Cancer Society
ORGANIZER: American Cancer Society
From an early age my parents taught me the importance of being active, but it was my father who instilled in me my love of running. A distance runner since middle school, he always found time to run no matter how busy his schedule. As a young child I would often accompany him to the track or trail and witnessed how much more relaxed he was after a run. When I was old enough to actually run myself I would run with him, keeping up for as long as possible. Not only did I enjoy the quality time spent running with my dad, I felt happier after a hard workout and began to realize why he was always more agreeable after his post-work distance runs. On my dad's suggestion, I joined my middle school and then high school cross country team, just as he had, which only further cemented my love of running. Although by high school I was faster than him (granted he did have a heart condition) running was always an activity and passion we shared and made time for.
Even after he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer in April 2010 my dad continued to run despite his ongoing treatments. Only after his leukemia diagnosis in December 2011 and subsequent hospitalization did my dad stop running, and he often lamented his physical inability to do so. As many of you may know, in May 2012 my dad died of prostate cancer. Watching my dad's physical abilities be stolen by cancer made me realize what a privilege it is to be able to run and how important running is to me. For this reason I decided to run the half-marathon in his memory and raise money for the American Cancer Society. While he will never run with me again I hope to honor his memory through this race and know that through this fundraiser others will benefit from his passing.
If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!