I can still remember my 8th grade English teacher, Mrs. Elzenga, in Heron Lake MN had us write down a goal we had in life. One of mine was to "RUN A MARATHON" I am not really sure why I had that goal, I have thought about it many times in the past, but never had the passion to really do one. I enjoyed running in high school and have continued to run off and on in my adult life. Happily married (19 years) to Vance, we have two children. Haley is hard of hearing and wears hearing aids, she attended Clarke School in Jacksonville Florida. They made such a difference in her life that has allowed her to speak clearly in a speaking world.
When the Clarke School asked if Haley and I would run the ING NYC Marathon, I knew that was why I wrote that so many years ago! I'm running this race for Haley and all the children that will have the opportunity to develop the skills to succeed in life even if they are deaf or hard of hearing.
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