BENEFITING: LUPUS RESEARCH ALLIANCE
EVENT DATE: Apr 21, 2013
Hi All! Thanks for stopping by! So here's my story...
Part I: Back when I was a junior in college, my parents were kind enough to fund my fall semester abroad in London. Looking back on it, I have no idea how they drove their 20 year daughter to the Baltimore airport and sent her off, by herself, to figure her own way around Western Europe. For this leap of faith, I will be forever grateful. It resulted in a love for a city I started to view as home, life long friends, an appreciation for the U S of A and the understanding that a credit card can get you out of just about any 'unexpected' situation.
Part II: My Mom has Lupus. For most of you, this probably doesn't mean much. For the readers out there who have in some way been personally affected by Lupus, you understand the gravity of this statement. My Mom has this uncanny ability to live her life like she isn't in constant discomfort and pain. Reality is, she's always in pain and that's the heart breaking thing about Lupus. As an outsider looking in, a person diagnosed with Lupus looks healthy. But on the inside, their body is literally at war with itself.
Part III: The summer after I returned from London, a college friend convinced me to run a marathon. So that June, I ran my first 26.2 miles. We completed the run in 4:55.04 and it was a weird combination of terrible and awesome all at the same time. It was, however, terrible enough that I swore off all future marathons... except for the one marathon that took place in the one city that I love above all other cities, London.
Now that I've gotten you up to speed, here's where everything comes together. I was able to secure a bid for the 2013 London Marathon! Like most people, I have a list of items I want to do, or see, or experience in my life and this marathon has probably been one of the more consistent things on this list. The most consistent thing on this list, however, is to be able to see my Mom live a 'normal' life again. One that isn't dictated by medications, pain, or the mental exhaustion of living with Lupus.
For awhile now I have been thinking of ways in which I can not only bring awareness to Lupus but also express to my Mom the admiration I have for her. Not because she has Lupus, but because she's simply just an amazing person. So I did my research and found an organization whose main mission is to, "find better treatments and ultimately prevent and cure lupus, by supporting medical research." They have already committed $81 million to lupus by selecting and supporting the most promising research projects that they believe will treat, cure, and help prevent lupus. And yes, the true auditor in me has already verified this statement against their financial statements :-)
The Grand Finale: I have set my monetary goal at $2,620 ($100 for every mile I'll run on April 21st), all going towards the Alliance for Lupus Research. But my true goal isn't to see how much money I can raise (let's be honest, $2,620 isn't going to outright cure Lupus); I really just want to bring awareness to the disease and show support for those people out there who have been affected. Just by reading this, you are helping me accomplish my goal and that will bring me true motivation as I train for and eventually run this marathon. Thank you!
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