August 25, 2017
BENEFITING: HENRY SCHUELER 41 & 9 FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Aug 19, 2017
When I was a kid, I spent many 4th of July holidays at a lake house near Milwaukee. My mom and some of her friends from her childhood would all get together and bring their families. There were 8 kids in total and we would have the best and craziest weekends ever. One of the older kids was named Henry Schueler and being one of the younger kids, I looked up to him and thought he was one of the coolest kids ever. He was my role model and was always the leader of us kids. I was pretty young back then but what I do remember was that he was always very nice to me and always very respectful to everyone. I distinctly remember thinking “When I’m big, I want to be like Henry”. He was super athletic and he loved baseball and football. He loved his sports and I have fond memories of playing baseball and wiffleball in the street or FIFA on the PlayStation. I didn't know it at the time, but Henry was battling Leukemia.
In September of 2007, his leukemia relapsed unexpectedly. He fought as hard as anyone can but lost the battle on December 14th, 2007. His loving family established the Henry Schueler 41&9 Foundation in his honor to fund cancer research for Leukemia and Lymphoma. In addition to Henry, my own family has had Lymphoma issues including my uncle who is fighting (and winning) a battle with Mantle Cell Lymphoma. We have also lost other family friends to these two diseases. Finding the cure for Leukemia and Lymphoma is a cause that is very important to me which is why I chose it.
On a different note, I got into running in 8th grade with both cross country and track. I continued cross country in high school and running became an outlet for me. If something was bothering me or I was having trouble in school (which happened a lot) I would go for a run. I ran my first half-marathon in May of my freshman year and loved it. I wanted to go further and further.
Summer before my high school senior year, I got a job working on a ranch in South Dakota. One day, the ranch owner dared me to run a 109-mile trail in 3 days. The longest I had ever run was 16 miles so the thought of doing that was insane. I gave it a shot and completed it in 30 hours. I was immediately hooked and attempted my first official 100 mile ultra race this past June in South Dakota. Unfortunately, I was forced to drop out at mile 17 due to severe dehydration in the 99-degree heat. I want to try another ultra run but I want to make it into something bigger than just about myself. As a result, I will attempt to run the Lean Horse 100 mile ultra next summer. I have already started training and this October I will be running a marathon as part of that training. I will keep you updated on my progress.
So why not do a race for a cause? No better cause than finding a cure for such potentially curable diseases such as Leukemia and Lymphoma and that leads us back to the Henry Schueler 41&9 Foundation. I am hoping to raise a meaningful sum of money that will help further the cause of finding a cure.
Any and all donations go directly to the Henry Schueler 41&9 Foundation! Please go to www.henryschueler.org to find more information about the foundation.
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