On April 21st I will put on my trainers and run the Boston Marathon for the American Red Cross. Last year I was at the Boston Marathon on that fateful day of the blast. Most of the runners at the time of the explosion that day were not elite athletes. They were people like you and me, running with enthusiasm and tired legs . The deaths and injuries were tragic and heart-wrenching. Within minutes of the blast, the American Red Cross of Massachusetts responded by helping the runners and supporters, and then assisting the first responders navigate the chaos. In the weeks and months that have followed, Red Cross staff and volunteers tirelessly provided food, shelter, financial support and mental health services to those affected, in addition to their outstanding ongoing work in the communities that they serve. I have come to know the team at the Red Cross of Massachusetts very well over the last year and I have chosen to support their work by running this marathon as part of their group.
This is going to be the challenge of my life. As many of you know I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012. It knocked me mentally as well as physically, but with the amazing support from family and friends I got through it. I have not forgotten what I went through, and how thankful I am for the support I received, and now is my time to give back by running this marathon and supporting the community I now call “home”. I will chronicle my training--no long blogs-- but maybe a few paragraphs and photos of training in sub-zero temperatures. If you sponsor me in this effort, you will be with me at every step, and your initials will be on my tee-shirt. My goal is to cover every square inch of it!
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