BENEFITING: PRAYERS FROM MARIA FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: PRAYERS FROM MARIA FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Oct 27, 2013
I have always been a believer in doing big things in small ways. My parents set a great example of being selfless, giving people and encouraged me to be a person for others. It is my hope that in doing so, I might brighten someone's day, lighten their load, ease a burden or simply put ~ give someone else their Calgon Moment.
In January, my decision was that I had one more "walk in the park". When and where I would run the marathon, I was not sure. The only certainty was if I commit to the madness, that it would be for a good cause, a cause near and dear to my heart. Thus... Prayers for Maria.
Running has been an integral part of my life. Over the years, I ran for exercise, to decompress, to take in the quiet solitude of pavement, to clear my head when things seemed off whack , and to compete in races later on in life. In 1997, I ran my first marathon. Shocking......I know. There is NOTHING fun about training for 26.2 miles. If there was, I would have many more notches on my belt and lots of pictures to prove it. I have one photo.
Sprinkle in a few half marathons, a bunch of 5ks, 10ks and a desire to help a great cause, these legs are still moving. Hopefully all the way to the finish line. Rumor has it I am no spring chicken.
I run for hope, for those that can't, and not for self gain. This is not about me. You can read all about the Prayers from Maria Foundation, watch the gut wrenching video of my friends, Megan and Ed, and catch a very sad glimpse of what they endured during Maria's illness. The news of Maria's diagnosis rocked the Cleveland community and sadly she was not alone. There were other children that followed.
I will never know exactly what Megan and Ed went thru. What is for certain is that when my daughter Mary Grace was 3 years old, I witnessed my own miracle. I do know what it feels like to be a scared parent and faced with the unknown. If Megan and Ed could endure everything that they went thru, then I can certainly handle 26.2 miles. Running the Marine Corp Marathon will not bring Maria back nor will it be the cure for this deadly cancer. What is does prove, is that every little bit helps, every penny, every dollar that is funnelled towards this charity, DIRECTLY goes towards research. That is where I ask for your help and support. I know you are asked by so many organizations and charities for your financial assistance. Please consider helping me raise money for Prayers for Maria. No donation is too small. Trust me, this is a very good cause.
When Maria was diagnosed, there was very little knowledge, unknown protocols, where to go for treatment, etc. The McNamara's have committed themselves to being trail blazers on the fight for a cure and over the years assisted so many families whose children were diagnosed and did not know where to begin in getting medical treatment. They are doing BIG things in small ways and they truly exemplify being people for others.
This race is not only dedicated to the McNamara's but also to my dad, Tom Kilbane. He is a prostate cancer survivor and now currently faces a new health challenge. He battled back and will continue to - just like he did back in the day as a Golden Gloves boxer. Since then, he taken off the gloves, raised 5 "normal" children and is the proud Papa of 13 grandkids. He was my biggest cheerleader back in 1997 and always said, "Don't just talk about your dreams. Chase them down and make them happen." On October 27th, I am going to make that dream happen, for my dad, for a great cause, in memory of a beautiful life lost too soon and hope for all. Feet don't fail me now....
Thank you so much for your support. I will be thinking of you all throughout the race. Thank you for being a part of my life! :)
PRAYERS FROM MARIA FOUNDATION wrote -
Prayers From Maria is proud to be a charity partner of the 2013 Marine Corps Marathon. Our team members are raising funds that will go directly to children's glioma brain tumor research.
Thousands of children are diagnosed with cancer each year. One-third of those children are diagnosed with brain tumors, and nearly half of those brain tumors are gliomas. Over 97% of children with the worst of the gliomas, diffuse pontine gliomas, die within three years. We cannot ignore this shocking statistic, and we hope that you won’t either. We need your help.
The Prayers from Maria Foundation is dedicated to funding global research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for the deadliest childhood brain tumors known as gliomas; raising public awareness about gliomas and bringing hope to children and their families who deal with the hardships of this disease.
Please support our team by making a donation today!
No federal or Marine Corps endorsement is implied.