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CJ Turett - GORE TEX Philadelphia Marathon, Half, 8K

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BENEFITING: Epilepsy Foundation

EVENT: 2015 GORE TEX Philadelphia Marathon, Half, 8K

EVENT DATE: Nov 21, 2015

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THE STORY:

Maybe you were really hoping for that awesome He-Man Castle Grayskull for your birthday when you were younger, or the latest My Little Pony gear or a Pound Puppy. Maybe you even wanted a real puppy. All I know is that when I was making a list for my 30th birthday (which, btw, didn't include any of those things but maybe it should have), I certainly didn't put epilepsy on it. Sometimes surprises are ok, but the surprise of developing seizures soon after I turned 30 was not the most awesome one I've ever had. I would have preferred that He-Man castle.

Anyway, apparently you can whack your head one too many times and then develop seizures. Who knew? 

It's been a little more than 5 years since I was diagnosed with epilepsy and it hasn't been the most fun, truthfully. I'd enjoyed the privilege of a relatively healthy and independent life. But there have been periods of being hospitalized, periods where meds didn't work or had too many side effects to tolerate. There have been far more question marks than answers. I'm in a decent place now, but it's always a lot of work to stay there and there's not a day that goes by where I have the luxury of not thinking about epilepsy.

I made this questionable choice to run this 8K (have I mentioned that I don't really like to run? For the record, I don't) as a part of Athletes vs. Epilepsy, a nationwide program to raise awareness, build participation and help fund the mission of the Epilepsy Foundation while participating in a variety of sportsy endeavors.

The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation is to stop seizures and SUDEP [Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy], find a cure and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy through efforts including education, advocacy and research to accelerate ideas into therapies.

So basically I'm gonna haul my ass through an 8K because epilepsy is a bummer. It's taken all kinds of support to help me through the past 5 years, and I'm grateful that I've had so much support. But unless my seizures spontaneously stop (anything is possible), I'm looking at many more years of meds and sometimes just not feeling like myself or being able to do what I want to do. I'm all for embracing the reality, but sometimes, as they say, reality bites.

Funds raised are going to support the Epilepsy Foundation

Thanks so much for your donation! If you can't donate, please throw up some major woo woo to the universe because those 5 miles are kinda gonna suck. Please meet me at the end with snacks and a cocktail.

 

 

For more information visit epilepsy.com/athletesvsepilepsy.

$828

MONEY RAISED
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  • CJ

    $50

  • Sam, Carrie, & Miles

    $25

  • Tracy

    $25

  • Kit

    $20

  • Gavin Gavial

    $25

  • Melissa & Laurel

    $25

  • Claudia Jean (and family)

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Erica Smith

    $25

  • Dee

    $25

  • Heather

    $25

  • Chris, Becca, Bryson and Camden Turett

    $100

  • Robin

    $20

  • Caitlin

    $10

  • Cassie

    $18

  • Shanna S-K

    $10

  • Jen Semple

    $20

  • KK and Tom (and Lukas!)

    $100

  • Erin Maloney

    $15

  • Kara Kosiorowski

    $50

  • Anne and Laura

    $40

  • Iverson, Amanda, and Ericka

     

  • Rose

    $15

  • Mary Rose Cunningham

    $25

  • Sara Pellerin

    $25

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110% Raised of $750 Goal

Donor Comments

Sara Pellerin

Sara Pellerin

DONATION: $25

In tribute to your amazing 8K! I'm very proud of you. xo 3 years ago

Mary Rose Cunningham

Mary Rose Cunningham

DONATION: $25

For CJ! XOXO 3 years ago

Rose

Rose

DONATION: $15

3 years ago

Iverson, Amanda, and Ericka

Iverson, Amanda, and Ericka

To personal bests, however best defined. 3 years ago

Anne and Laura

Anne and Laura

DONATION: $40

3 years ago

Kara Kosiorowski

Kara Kosiorowski

DONATION: $50

Hopefully this will inspire you to not utilize the ER after your race for meds! 3 years ago

Erin Maloney

Erin Maloney

DONATION: $15

You got this! 3 years ago

KK and Tom (and Lukas!)

KK and Tom (and Lukas!)

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Jen Semple

Jen Semple

DONATION: $20

3 years ago

Shanna S-K

Shanna S-K

DONATION: $10

Happy to help a friend! 3 years ago