I became a runner because Mrs. Neilsen, the middle school cross country coach who was working dilligently to recruit youngsters to her unapealing sport, noticed I wasn't in a fall extracurricular. Sure. Why not? I joined the team! Though I hated it at first, I eventually grew to love running. Mrs. Neilsen taught our tiny troop of awkward kids how to set goals; we set goals as individual runners and as a team. She told us about her expereince running a marathon and she taught us all the little motivating dittys she would run to in her head. I was captivated by her story. I remember quietly resolving to run a marathon one day. If Mrs. Neilsen could do it, I could do it!
Now, ten years later, I will finally accomplish my personal goal. But the coolest thing about this is that I will also be part of a team with an even bigger goal. I have partnered with the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) in order to raise money for a cause that is very close to my heart. ALCF is committed to eradicating lung cancer through through research, early detection, education, and treatment.
Cancer is brutal. I am watching it destroy my mother's body. I feel helpless as it weakens her. I long for the day when there will be no more sickness and no more tears! But in the mean time my greatest goal is to honor God with blessings He has given me and fight alongside my mom. Running this marathon is a small part of that goal.
Please consider partnering with us to fight and exterminate this disease!
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