I am running in memory of my mother who passed away March 24, 2014. My mother was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 1963, when she was pregnant with me. I had never known her not to be diabetic. It was her way of life. She lived with diabetes for almost 70% of her life. My mother led her life to the fullest. She was always very active, never letting her diabetes get in the way of her life. Her greatest joys in life were watching her children and then grandchildren grow up. She attended all religious, musical, and sporting events, travelled, and led an active social life. In spite of her challenges with diabetes she founded a charitable organization, The Second Step. The Second Step is a transitional house for battered women, located in Newton, MA. She saw a need for women to have safe housing after living in short term shelters. Twenty six years later The Second Step has empowered hundreds of women and continues to do so today. Her philanthropic ideas have been instilled in me. She was able to maintain as close to a normal life as possible due to her treatment and advances that were made in her lifetime.
If she didn’t feel well you didn’t know it because she never showed it. I know that she struggled. She was hospitalized many times due to complications from her diabetes, but she persevered through the tough times. There were many advances in her lifetime due to research which had helped her live the most normal life that she could have and for that I am grateful. My mother was an amazing woman and I am so grateful and honored to run in her memory.
I also would like to run in honor of a young woman, Leah Hamilton, who is friends with my son Daniel. I have known Leah since she was a little girl. She attended Hebrew School with my son. She was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes in high school and is now a college junior. She is an inspiration. She has not missed a beat. I admire how well she has handled her diagnosis. She has not let it get in her way. She traveled to Israel as a high school student and attended overnight summer camp. Through research and funding Leah’s young life is different than my mom’s due to advances that have been made toward curing the disease. But that is not enough; we need to see a cure for diabetes soon so Leah’s lifetime isn’t cut short by this disease.
My mom’s and Leah’s determination have lead me to challenge myself to run the Boston Marathon. I had never considered myself a runner; but once I made this decision to apply to run for Joslin, I approached it head on. I began running seriously. I joined a running group and have achieved more than I ever imagined. I know that I can meet this challenge while raising money for a charity that is close to me. Please support me in this endeavor to help find a cure for Diabetes. Thank you so much for all of the support and for cheering me on!
Joslin Diabetes Center wrote -
Joslin Diabetes Center, based in Boston, Massachusetts, undertakes diabetes research, clinical care, education and health and wellness programs on a global scale. Joslin is dedicated to ensuring that people with diabetes live long, healthy lives and offers real progress in preventing and curing diabetes. Joslin is an independent, nonprofit institution affiliated with Harvard Medical School, and is recognized worldwide for driving innovative solutions in diabetes prevention, research, education, and care.
Our mission is to prevent, treat and cure diabetes. Our vision is a world free of diabetes and its complications.