Somebody ought to tell us right at the start of our lives that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it I say, whatever you want to do, do it now!!!!!! On April 15, 2013, I get to achieve my life time dream of running the Boston Marathon. I thought for a long time that this dream was a personal achievement and one that was created by me and me alone. Running is a lonely sport, it is basically you and the pavement, your legs against the road, but the great thing about running is that you get to think about anything and everything. The more I run, the more I think about how blessed and lucky I am. I can walk, I can run… I can breathe. Yes, I can breathe! Imagine, after 100 feet, I can breathe. After a mile, I can still breathe. After 10 miles, I can fill my lungs with air and after a full marathon, I’m still breathing. How lucky am I?!?! As I train I think about that, I also think about Claire Booth, Jamie Crane and little Christopher Tucker, some of the many friends I have who live with cystic fibrosis evey day. A mean, horrible disease that, I believe, we can beat. Over the past few years I have learned a lot about this disease and the many struggles people like Claire, Jamie and Christopher go through every single day. They can’t breathe like me, like you. That simple task we take for granted every day, to them, would be like running the Boston Marathon.
Therefore, starting February 16th I will challenge myself and all of you to help me. Help me get one step closer in the fight against this nasty disease. On April 15, when I run the streets of Hopkinton, Natick, Wellesly College and Heartbreak Hill in Boston, I will be running for all of those cystic fibrosis patients. My NEW goal is to raise $20,000. Every penny I raise will go to the local Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Chapter in Baton Rouge.
Donations can be made by clicking the above link, or if you see me or come to Sullivans’s. Making a donation is easy and secure. Any amount you can donate is greatly appreciated.
I promise that I will achieve this goal; I will finish this marathon, even if it takes and requires my last breath. Thanks everyone, happy running & thanks for your support.
“Breath of Heaven, hold me together. Be forever near me, Breath of Heaven. Breath of Heaven, lighten my Darkness pour over me your holiness for you are Holy”.