It's marathon weekend!!
November 04, 2016
I am very excited to be running the NYC Marathon this year. More importantly, I'm running as a fundraiser to support JDRF (formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). Below is an overview of why I am running. Please take a few moments to read this through. It is pretty personal, and has taken me months to start discussing.
Many of you do not know yet, but my daughter, Samantha, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes (formerly referred to as juvenile diabetes) in September, at the age of 6. Because it runs in the family (Mark, and his father), I was very sensitive to the warning signs. Thankfully, my "mom instinct" kicked in pretty early, and she was diagnosed quickly. For those of you who are not familiar with T1D, it is an autoimmune disorder in which the pancreas no longer produces insulin, a hormone required to convert food into energy. You cannot prevent it. There is no cure.
There have been incredible advances in treatments and technology, and my goal is to do whatever I can do to help turn Type 1 into Type None (a slogan I love). I conduct constant research, have become involved in local JDRF chapter events, and have always fundraised on behalf of those I know who are also T1D. But, when it’s your DAUGHTER, and her health, schedules, and daily routines are turned upside down, you go the extra mile (or in this case, 26.2 miles) for her - day and night.
Luckily, Sammy is the most resilient, smart, go-with-the-flow child. We have integrated finger pricks (to test blood sugar), insulin injections and pump, and carb counting, into our lives 24/7. She already exhibits an incredible understanding of data, math, and has great common sense. However, it is an exhausting lifestyle, both physically and emotionally.
So, I am running 26.2 miles (the hard part), with a required goal of raising $3,500 to be a member of this team. The money raised will contribute to the loads of research, education and initiatives related to finding a cure.
Also important to mention, is that I am also running in honor of Mark, Jack, our lovely 11 year-old friend, Rachel; Sammy and Elyssa’s 9 year-old friend, Bella, and her dad; my dear friend (and local JDRF chapter Exec. Director), Ray; and the children of several other friends. They are local, and all T1D.
I am asking for your tax-deductible donation early because it’s a big goal, and will take me some time to get there; I am very grateful for your support.
I will share more details about the race as it gets closer - I have the best running partners and friends, who have offered to train with me.
And, the quote that continues to inspire me to run the marathon AND fundraise to find a cure:
“….without love in a dream, it will never come true.” (Hunter/Garcia)