Beary Strong @ NYC
Organized by: Alexander Gomez
Event Name: 2014 TCS New York City Marathon
EVENT DATE Nov 02, 2014
Life is very much like marathon running. It is so long, that you get hit with a lot of highs, and a lot of lows. The key is in how you respond to these, that determines how successful you are.
Every summer, like clockwork, I depend on the Miami Sunset Cross Country team, for whom I use to run for myself, to get me in shape for my Fall/Winter marathons. This is due to 2 reasons:
1) There is no better collection of middle to long distance runners in Dade County. These kids are good; and they keep me on my toes. I have to work hard just to not embarrass myself out there with them. The team even crowned a state champ last year. Incredible.
2) The coach is one of the best, if not best, runner I have ever known personally. His attitude and communication skills matching his talent. It's great, free advice.
A few weeks ago, I was upset to learn that one of these kids, that has helped to push me in my own endeavors, is now entrenched in his own battle.
His name is Matthew Trujillo; and I have had the pleasure of running with him, and his brother Andrew, who is also on the team. Matthew is also affectionately known by his teammates and friends as "Beary" or "Bear". :-)
Matthew was diagnosed with leukemia, and although I have no doubt that his spirit will overcome this obstacle and that he will be victorious, he and his family can sure use our help with the added fiscal issues that come with such a diagnosis.
Many of you that are reading this may not know me. Others may know me, but not understand what my deal with marathon running is.
I run because I care.
I bathe my spirit in sweat and grit every time I put foot in front of foot out on the trail or road. It brings me closer to my God and teaches me life lessons like patience, perseverance, and understanding. I run becasue God allows me to, and I will not sacrifice this gift.
These next few months, as I prep for the New York City Marathon on the first Sunday of November, as I put in countless hours, amassing anywhere from 40-60 miles every week, I want to bring strength to Matthew and his fight. My plan is to run my MOST SUCCESFUL marathon ever! Approaching age 38, that would be something!
You can also bring strength by donating any extra dollars you may have. Matthew hopes to return to school in January, and if we can ease these next few months for him any way, shape or form...we will have done a good thing for a good kid.
Thank you for your help. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. I've never done this before on crowdrise, and would like to extinguish any sentiment that it is some sort of ruse. I assure you that all the money raised on this site will be transparently visible, and fully transferred to the Trujillo family. God bless.