New York, NY
Senior Manager, Financial Services, Ernst &Young LLP
My fundraising goal: $5,000
I heard about the remarkable team of WUNners from David Gow, an E&Y colleague in our Boston office who is raising a son with narcolepsy. Dave ran the Boston Marathon in 2013.
I know all too well how dedicated parents with special-needs children need to be. The love of that child drives them to work harder and tirelessly to help them. My three-year-old Leo is autistic, and not a day goes by that I don't sleep a little less trying to think of new ways to help him. He is an absolute joy, and I wouldn't change anything about him, but I do pray I can learn to understand him so I can maneuver life just a bit easier.
I’m so proud to be running the 2014 race to benefit spread narcolepsy awareness and to honor the nightmare that engulfed Boston and the entire running community in the wake of the 2013 bombings. I’m running Boston for the second time, having finished the race in 2010. In total, I’ve run 9 marathons, including the 2013 New York City race, which I’m proud to say I finished in 3:29!
I’m a working mother of two. Running is my passion – it’s "my" time – practically the only opportunity I can carve out of my day when I can focus on just myself and my run. I run in the rain, in the cold, and in the heat. I even ran when I was pregnant. I did 12 miles the day before my Oliver was born and 5 miles in the morning before heading to the hospital.
My toughest "race" was the 2012 New York City Marathon. I had trained all summer while pregnant, planning to run the race at in my 5th month. I trained under the supervision of my doctor to make sure my little peanut was okay. Then Sandy hit. As anyone who has prepared for a marathon can attest, the months of mental preparation are as demanding as he physical training. When the race was canceled, I was shattered emotionally.
Marathon Sunday I got up and ran 26 in Central Park, with thousands of other runners, it turned out, who felt the same need. My city was shattered, and my run didn't take a single resource away from helping others. I needed only my running shoes (and heart-rate monitor for the baby!), and off I went! I thought I would be alone, but when I got to the Park, thousands of others had the same thought – and we ran together. We completed 26.2 with arguably more spirit than the actual race would have fostered.
Thank you for your support! You will be in my thoughts as I train and race from Hopkinton to Boston to benefit Wake Up Narcolepsy.
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