BENEFITING: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
I ran four marathons for Team USO IN 2012 and 2013. In 2014 I was diagnosed with brain cancer. I had brain surgery January of 2015. All I wanted to do is run for a reason. So 9 months and four days later I completed my next marathon. It was 2015 Columbus Marathon. The theme is children and the miracle miles. Now in 2016 I am raising funds for St Jude's Hospital. After surgery the recovery process began. First was regaining my balance with walking. Six weeks after surgery the neuro-surgeon cleared me to run. I built up my stamina slowly. Then my first major test of whether or not I was ready. The 2015 Air Force Half Marathon in September. I ran it with my wife. She stood beside me through it all. She tirelessly put our world on her shoulders. We ran the Half Marathon together and finished. Then in October 2015 I completed the race I dropped out of in 2014 before it started because of my diagnosis of brain cancer. I was having mild seizures activity due to where the tumor was and how big it is. Now you know my past. This season I embarked on a mission to make a difference in cancer stricken children. I am running two marathons this year in support of St. Jude's Hospital. The 2016 Air Force Marathon in Fairborn Ohio, and 2016 St. Jude's Marathon in Memphis Tennessee. It is my way to give back what is important. Cancer is my enemy and children should be able to run and play. Help me help them. They are warriors to and need our help. St. Jude's does not send those families a bill. They get paid by generous people willing to give something. That is all I ask. Please help me get to that start line. I will run for those who can't. My race jersey will speak for me. Thank you.