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November 02, 2016
BENEFITING: Voices Against Brain Cancer
ORGANIZER: Voices Against Brain Cancer
In February 2014, through a series of events and me walking into a home with an open heart simply wanting to serve as much as I could, I had the honor to care for my dear brother-in-law, Steven, the last nine days of his life. In August of 2011 at the age of 43, Steven was diagnosed with Stage 4 Glioblastoma brain cancer. On February 10, 2014, the family was called because it was apparent that his brave battle was coming to an end.
In the last nine days of Steven's life, I rarely left his side. I worked and slept by his side, would wake up during the night if his breathing changed (thank heavens for patient and loving hospice nurses who didn't mind me!), often kept my right hand on him while I slept, helped administer his medications, helped clean and move him, advocated with the hospice case workers as to why the family needed 24 hour care for him, and poured my heart and soul into every moment. I've had people tell me after hearing my story that I served as Steven's End of Life Doula. I did this so Steven's dear wife could focus on their three children and not have to face the things that are required at the end.
After living and breathing those bittersweet, beautiful moments with Steven and the family, my life has forever changed. In the fall of 2014, I set my sights on the 2016 NYC Marathon to run in Steven's memory and honor. By setting this goal, it helped with my own healing. I wanted to find an organization specifically focused on brain cancer research, and I did...Voices Against Brain Cancer (VABC)! If there is anything I can do to help find a cure for this disease, then I want to do it! Steven fought so bravely and without complaint...he faced things I can never imagine. And I never imagined being able to run 26.2 miles, so I felt this was an incredible way to honor his journey.
So, please join me in my journey! All donations are welcomed...anything you can give to my fundraising campaign will mean the world to me!
If you donate $50 or more and would like to do so, you can choose one of the 26 miles to dedicate in honor/memory of a loved one. Miles 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 16, 20, 22, 24, and 25 are still available.
Thank you for reading my story!