EVENT DATE: May 18, 2014
Alright folks I am running my first half marathon alongside two of my friends who are also first half marathon runners. I know what you are thinking… oh that’s not that big of a deal so many people are running half marathons these days… well the truth is I can barely run 2 miles at the moment so this won’t be easy. What better motivation do I have but to make this experience into a fundraiser that will help some amazing human beings I know….my Uncle Walter and Aunt Kathy. These people are truly incredible. Let me tell you a little about their lives and what they are going through…
My Aunt Kathy and Uncle Walter had two children, Patrick and Paul (my cousins). Patrick and Paul were both born with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. For those of you who are not familiar with this disease it is progressive and fatal affecting every muscle in the body. In December of 2010 my cousin, Paul, passed away from this disease. My other cousin Patrick lives life to the fullest as much as possible while struggling with this disease. Almost all of Patrick’s muscles are not functioning but he continues to make the most of life.
My Uncle Walter was diagnosed with bladder cancer and he is undergoing chemotherapy. He was on another type of therapy before chemo and this therapy did not work and the tumor grew larger. As long as his body can take it he will continue chemotherapy.
Needless to say they need support. Patrick has a 24 hour nurse but unfortunately that nurse does call in sick some days which means that my aunt Kathy needs to stay home from work and take care of Patrick. Walter is too weak to do so. Soon enough my Uncle Walter’s teaching benefits will stop and my Aunt Kathy will be the sole provider for the family.
Any amount of money will help to keep them on their feet and for them to know they have support out here in this world of ours. Life is too short to not lend a helping hand to those going through painful times.
Hopefully just the amusement of me running a half marathon will make you want to donate! Thanks for all of your support.