BENEFITING: COPS FOR KIDS WITH CANCER INC
ORGANIZER: COPS FOR KIDS WITH CANCER INC
EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon
While running, I often think "what am I going to type?" that will help family and friends understand why I signed up for the Boston Marathon. I have said over the years, "I do not want to run a marathon, I want to run Boston." I am determined to help in the fight to find a cure for cancer.
If you are reading this, you know me pretty well. I am a mom to 3 amazing children, married to an incredible man, and try to be a thoughtful friend. A runner is probably not the first word that comes to mind when describing me.
I was 15 when I had my first experience of someone close to me having cancer. The day before I found out, we were dancing together in our annual ballet recital. She kept getting sick before we went on stage, but she did not know why. We found out it was leukemia. There was nothing I could do to help her. I was not a family member to visit her in the hospital, and I was not old enough nor did I weigh enough to donate blood. She passed away at age 19. As the years have continued, with my mother-in-law, with close family and friends, I continue to feel helpless.
I am turning 40 years old a few weeks before the marathon and instead of fighting it, I want to give what I have. I have health, an incredible family, and value my friendships. I have been lucky to be given opportunities people did not think possible. I appreciate all that people have done for me over the years; my parents helped me find a way to go to a great college, my college roommate helped me get my first job at MFS (where Craig and I met at age 22!) and somehow this Boston girl landed in a wonderful community in NY!
So why am I running? I really want to give back to where I came from. I found Cops for Kids With Cancer and it was a perfect fit for me. This charity works with hospital staff to financially support families with a child fighting cancer. Each family is given $5,000. I cannot hear or watch another family suffer from this terrible disease. I truly believe there is a cure. My goal is to raise enough money to financially assist 2 families.
Running the Boston Marathon is a gift for me. I am overwhelmed by the support of my family and friends. When my family heard I wanted to run for this cause, they made a few phone calls. Turns out, CFKWC feels that I am a fit for them! It's not about the running, its about the motivation and determination to raise money to help fight this disease. You all have shared your personal stories, many encouraging words, and been supportive in many ways. I am so grateful for those who run with me, beep while driving by, text "have a great run today", and so much more. And, I am eternally grateful to my hubby and kids who support me 100%. This journey has shown my kids many life lessons, including never give up hope, and we each can make a difference in someone's life.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you for all your support!
May the wind be at my back ;)