Jocelyn Connolly via Crowdrise
December 18, 2012
BENEFITING: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
ORGANIZER: LLS Charity Runners
EVENT DATE: May 05, 2013
About a year ago, my sister and I ran the 2012 Walt Disney marathon. Never in million years did I ever think I would subject myself to 26.2 GRUELING, painful, yet amazing miles. While I’m pretty sure I blacked out a good portion of the marathon, there are certain things I remember perfectly clearly that made it so incredible. [First off, it’s important to note that this marathon benefitted the Leukemia & Lymphoma society.] Thousands of people lined the streets of Disney. Among those in the
crowd were people who held up signs that had encouraging words for the runners. One said, “I’m alive today because of you.” Another said, “You all are my heroes.” One woman who I perceived to be going through treatment stood on the side of a desolate highway handing out food… She said to me: Jocelyn, (my name was on my shirt and bib) thank you so much for all that you’re doing. Lemme tell you, when your legs are about to fall off and you can’t breath or think but still gotta keep running- you hold on to things like that to keep going. When I thought about quitting, I thought about those individuals that were fighting or at one time fought for their lives. The pain that I was going through was sooo minor compared to what they experience... That is exactly what motivated me to keep going.
My sister and I were newbies and didn’t know we could join a charity team. Our registration still benefitted the cause, but we were disappointed that we didn’t make a bigger contribution.
The spectators, especially those that were survivors or fighters, and those that lost their battle are what motivates me to run. By getting involved in a charity team, I get to do something I love to do while simultaneously helping an amazing cause. My experience at Disney changed my life, and I want to use running as a way to change other peoples’ lives.
I’d like to mention my cousins Lindsay, Lauren, and Michael Sweeney who lost their father, George R. Sweeney, to Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. I am running in memory of him those that are currently battling any of these diseases, and the badasses that won their battle and are still kicking it today!. It was Lindsay who inspired me and Courtney to run our first marathon after she ran her first in Houston -- and I owe her so much because it completely changed my life for the better! .
For the Pittsburgh marathon/half/relay, I decided to join the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Charity runners’ team! Please join my fight to find a cure and help me reach my fundraising goal. I must raise $250, but I am certainly not stopping there. Lets blow that goal out of the water!
YOU CAN HELP SAVE A LIFE!
How: Click the big DONATE button or go one step further and help us fundraise by joining the team. You'll get your own fundraising page to share with all your amazing family and friends.
The money raised will go towards medical research & patient services!
For more information, please contact Chelsea Trimble by phone at 412-395-2879 or by email at Chelsea.Trimble@lls.org.
Donations can also be mailed to:
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Western PA/WV Chapter
333 East Carson Street, Suite 441
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Thank you all for your time and support!
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