My name is Hilary Green and I am running my first New York City Marathon in honor of my late mother MaryLou Thompson. She is my inspiration for everything that I do in life and I can't wait to accomplish this goal with her watching me from above.
My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's when she was only 57 years old. For 9 years, my family watched as this vicious disease took over our mother's life and eventually took her from us. Losing my mother to this disease was the hardest thing I have ever faced and I think about her every day. I often think about what I miss the most about my mom, and at the top of that very long list is her hugs. She gave the best hugs. The kind of hugs that made you never want to let go.
Living with a person with Alzheimer's is a lot like training for a marathon. It takes hard work, dedication, and a lot of patience. Training for this marathon has reminded me a lot about those 9 years and has reminded me that I need to keep going, stay motivated and to most importantly stay positive. I know that my experiences with Alzheimers and the challenges that this awful disease has thrown at me, has made me a stronger and more resilient.
This is offically my third attempt to run the NYC Marathon with my amazing Alzheimer's team. The first year, I got through the entire training program and flew to NYC ready and eager to run, but it was cancelled due to the Hurricane that swept through the East Coast. The second year, I found out I was preganant with my amazing daughter Edith (now 15 months old!). So this is officially MY YEAR!
I am honored to be running along side my amazing teammates who are all fighting for the same thing. An END to Alzheimers disease. The more money we raise, the more research can be dedicated to finding a cure. And we need to find a cure.
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