BENEFITING: MARLEYS MUTTS DOG RESCUE
ORGANIZER: MARLEYS MUTTS DOG RESCUE
EVENT DATE: Oct 09, 2016
Greetings from Texas!
I am so thrilled to be joining the Miles for Marley’s Mutts crew for my second year in a row at the 2016 Chicago Marathon!!
For a quick introduction, my name is Katrin Tucker. I reside in Dallas, TX. You might not remember me, but you may remember reading about or seeing photos of my spotty fur kid Dottie. She is my adopted greyhound who recently turned 12 years old! I just love her. Among her most favorite things are: sunbathing (even in ridiculously hot temperatures), napping (lots of napping), toting around my shoes (heels and boots are preferred) and cupcakes (the more frosting the better). I have the privilege to be her person because of a local adoption group that took her in as a stray. She was sick and pregnant. They provided necessary medical attention and placed her with a fantastic foster family that gave her much love and support as she healed and prepared for her forever home. I love reading the success stories from MM and can appreciate all of the hard work and sacrifice that allow these sweet souls a second chance at life.
You may wonder-how did you end up on the MMM marathon team?
Well, about two years ago I was lounging at the local book store and stumbled upon an article about Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue in the latest edition of [no laughing] Modern Dog magazine. I mean Dottie needs to stay current on the latest trends. Zach’s story and the mission of MMDR definitely made an instant impression on me. I looked them up and started to follow them on social media. I was an automatic Hooch fan-I mean who isn’t?! A few months later when I saw the opportunity to be a member of the team, I didn’t hesitate with my decision. I love running-check. I love dogs-check, check. I really love a good challenge and I looked forward to raising funds for the future of this amazing group! I sent in my application and did not look back.
I will not lie, training and fundraising both had their own challenges. I had accepted a new position soon after making the commitment to the team and was trying to settle into my new job. At times, the last thing I wanted to do was complete my workout at the end of the day. However, running has always been something I enjoy doing whether it is with a group or completely alone. Running allows me to escape the stress of life and get lost in my thoughts. Believe me- the long runs allow you plenty of time to problem solve. Knowing that this effort was more than working to achieve a personal goal but for the support of a great cause gave me that extra push in moments of doubt.
The experience of Chicago is hard to put into words. There was so much to take in that weekend. It was so special to meet the other teammates and swap training and race stories. The energy in the City was palpable and nothing would have prepared me for the crowds that cheered us on throughout the course! Running through the streets of Chi-town and seeing all the other runners that were also running for a certain cause was definitely encouraging. As I crossed the finish line, so many emotions came bubbling up! I reflected on all the support I had received from friends and family and even people I did not know. Not only had I just achieved a personal goal, I was supporting a cause that is really making a difference in this world and that made it an exceptional moment.
My story could end there and it would be a fantastic journal entry, but my story has a second part. I was a bit disappointed that my fundraising efforts had fallen a little short of my $3,000 goal. Then early in 2016 I received an email at work for the Company’s annual grant competition. The winning non-profit is given a $5,000 grant for their use. The contest is open to all (15,000+) employees of The Neiman Marcus Group. I saved the application and flagged the email. I remember issuing my application for MMDR and thinking how cool would it be if they won!! Well, you guessed it. From all the applications received, MMDR was the winning selection! Since Marley’s Mutts was the winning non-profit, they were also the featured non-profit of the annual NM All Heart Giving Campaign. The Giving Campaign wrapped up in April and I received a phone call early one morning from the Director of the program. I was astonished to hear him deliver the news that over 280 employees donated to MMDR during the campaign in the amount of over $30,000! Wow! It made my heart happy that I had the opportunity to introduce my NM family to Marley’s Mutts and clearly the Mutt Militia had grown a little bigger.
I am excited to spend my birthday weekend in Chicago again this year! I will not only be running for Marley’s Mutts but also as a huge ‘thank you’ to all the NM employees that made donations. If any of you are reading, thank you again for your generosity! Your contribution allows MMDR to continue their mission ‘rescue dogs, rescuing people’ and to allow them to get one step closer to their future home!
This year I have had some small obstacles along the way with minor, nagging injuries that just won’t go away. The cruel Texas heat can also make training outside a bit unbearable at times. I am determined, however, to join my other teammates on October 9 at the Start Line! Each of us have worked hard to make it to this point and I encourage you to join us and show your support for Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue with a donation to one of the team members. Contributions go directly back to support Marley’s Mutts.
Wherever you go, go with all your heart.
MARLEYS MUTTS DOG RESCUE wrote -
For the 4th year in a row, we are running the Bank of America Chicago Marathon!
We will not only be fundraising for our dream facility (The Marley's Mutts Rescue Ranch) but also for our Miracle Mutts program, which has recently expanded to include a Prison program in addition to our 12-step initiative and our child-based programs in Kern County!
Exciting things are happening at Marley's Mutts and we can't wait to make our dreams a reality - your generous donations make it all possible!