I'm Antoinette (but go by Toni) and I first just wanted to thank you for stopping by to check out who I'll be running 26.2 miles for on May 1, 2016! Last October I ran my third full marathon in Columbus, Ohio. It was an incredible experience for sure crossing another finish line...however once I began running, it hit me that the race went much deeper than doing it for myself.
I knew before the gun shot went off at the start of the marathon, that I was going to see a brave and courageous child (who was a member of Children's Hospital) at each mile. I had read their stories the night before race day and was incredibally moved by their spirit, hope and determination to beat their illness.
However, I didn't quite understand just how moved I would be seeing them on my journey of 26.2 miles that day. Each child had the biggest smile on his/her face and their battle was much greater than mine.
I then reached mile 11, the 'Angel mile', where it was filled with family members of the children who had lost their battle. Poster boards were filled with angelic faces, and the familes were overjoyed that we were out there running this race for their children, and the children still fighting. I was instantly brought to tears.
I had been wanting to do another full marathon since then, and after making the decision to run my fourth one in the city of bridges, I was drawn to running for more than just myself.
I'm SO EXCITED to represent the Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh, and help bring hope and joy to the children and families in need of their services. Thank's again for stopping by because your efforts to learn more is amazing.
If you do want to take another step in helping these brave children cross their finish line, please consider donating to this deserving organization!
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