My name is Michele. I currently live in Des Moines, Iowa, but grew up in Hockessin, Delaware. When my friend Steve told me about this run across the country that was ending in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, well I knew I had to find a way to be part of it. But, I had never run a marathon before, and while I am a runner, the distance seemed daunting.
Daunting. Daunting situations are what people who fight cancer face everyday. I thought of my good friend Mike Willits, a talented and inspiring scientist, who was taken away from us by brain cancer, and realized that my fears and are nothing compared to the fears that he and his family faced as he went through treatment and then after he was gone. I thought surely I can do this. And then a friend from high school told me he was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. It was sudden and unexpected, and he is now fighting for his life. With this discovery, I knew there was no other choice. I was IN.
So, I’m doing this run to challenge myself to do something that I never thought I could, to support my friend who is fighting cancer and to remember some truly amazing and inspirational people, who faced even more difficult challenges in life than I could imagine. No one should deal with cancer alone. It’s affects are far reaching. I’ve see how cancer takes lives and also impacts the families left behind. As a single mom, I can relate to the parents left alone to deal with the physical, emotional and financial burden left in cancer’s wake. I want to offer my strength, my determination and my compassion to those still in the fight.
I hope you will consider supporting my run and this cause. If you have lost someone special to cancer or have had to take care of someone suffering with cancer then you understand the great impact that organizations like Above and Beyond Cancer can have on people’s lives. I believe in people and the importance of sharing ourselves and our gifts. Join me in getting involved, stepping outside our comfort zone and touching other people’s lives in a positive and meaningful way! Run with me in Rehoboth on August 1st or help me by donating to the cause. Either way you are you will be part of an incredible and inspirational journey.
Thank you for your support!
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