You have cancer. There are few statements more shocking and life-altering than that one. It's one that suddenly turns your world upside down, and instantly shifts your priorities. It is vital that you you focus 100% on your health, which can be seemingly impossible, because life still goes on around you. While you are making radiaiton and chemotherapy appointments, you are heating your home, feeding your family, and the bills are piling up.
That's where the Joe Andruzzi Foundation steps in and provides patients with financial assistance to help alleviate some of the burden, allowing more energy to be focused on fighting the batlte against this awful disease. Their support doesn't stop there, however, which is why I chose to support them as I train for my fourth marathon. They embrace the power of positivity and spread that to the patients and families they help, and that may be even more valuable than the financial assistance.
My 2016 Boston Marathon race entry is invitational, so I don't have to raise any money if I don't want to, but I chose to run for JAF for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, because this entry was secured for me via my head custodian, who knew how crushed I was to miss my BQ by a tiny window last May and worked his magic. He is currently battling lung cancer with a spriit that embodies what JAF is all about, and I want to honor his efforts and spirit throughout my training. I am also a person who thrives on positivity, and if I see an opportunity to give back, I will always take it. I am an elementary school principal, and I lead by example. I teach my students to be kind and caring, and I teach them the power of doing for others.
Running to support JAF is an honor, and I look forward to becoming a part of the great things they do.
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