Dear Family & Friends,
On November 6, 2016 I will be running in the TCS NYC Marathon! I am writing to you to ask for your help in raising funds for my team, Team JDRF.
I became aware of this wonderful organization a little over three years ago when my nephew, Aidan Maloney, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes (T1D)at the age of 11. Within weeks of his diagnosis, Aidan and his tireless mom (my fabulous sister, Jenny) created Aidan's Amazin' Team and began fundraising for a cure to turn Type 1 into Type None. Aidan has raised thousands of dollars for JDRF with the help of friends and family and has even won awards for his work on the JDRF annual walk held in Liberty State Park. This year, I am teaming up with Aidan to contribute to finding a cure for T1D by running through the five boroughs.
The NYC Marathon has always been a dream of mine. Every year I contemplate signing up only to convince myself that I could never do it. On past Marathon Sundays I have cheered on runners in my neighborhood wishing I had the courage to run 26.2 miles. Overcoming the fear of "I can't" and finding the courage to commit to training, has come by watching Aidan deal with his diagnosis of T1D for the past three years.
Aidan's diagnosis changed his life forever. He went from being a carefree young boy who could enjoy anything to eat and any physical activity, to having to monitor his blood sugar and give himself insulin injections throughout the day. Having T1D is something that Aidan has to deal with and manage every single day for the rest of his life. Over the last three years, I have watched him mature and cope with his disease with grace and courage. He never complains. He never feels sorry for himself. He never uses diabetes as an excuse in the classroom or on the field. Instead, he is an honors student and a star athlete! He doesn't let his disease stand in the way of what he wants. Whether it's a highschool scholarship (great job, Aid!) or a championship soccer game, Aidan gives 110%. No excuses.
After considering this year's marathon once again and receiving encouragement from friends and family, I thought of Aidan. To run 26.2 miles in one race is nothing compared to what Aidan deals with everyday. I am lucky enough to have my health, supportive people around me and a nephew who never says "I can't". I am so excited to run this race in honor of my amazing nephew. My hope is that I will raise funds and awareness for T1D, with the same grace and courage that Aidan displays everyday.
Thank you in advance for your support,