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NYC Marathon 2016: Migraine Research Foundation

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owner profile imageNYC Marathon Recap & Thanks
November 30, 2016

Hi Friends! Wow, it's already been 3 weeks since the NYC Marathon. I finally had a chance to gather my thoughts and my photos from the weekend.  See more
Sandy Hugill

THE STORY:

My NYC Marathon Story: I've wanted to run this race for over 10 years, and I began entering the race's lottery 5 years ago. I was rejected 5 years in a row, so I decided it was time to seek a charity option. There are many charities I could have affiliated myself with to gain entry into the marathon, but I wanted to select a charity that meant something to me personally. The Migraine Research Foundation (MRF) is something I can really get behind. I've been dealing with headaches for 15 years. My diagnosis is Tension Headaches, but I think I also have symptoms of Migraine. In any case, there are commonalities between the two types of headaches, both can be debilitating, and treatments are still lacking. The MRF provides grants to physicians and scientists who are researching cutting-edge treatments and looking for a cure for Migraine. This makes me happy. While I'm working hard at fundraising for MRF, I'll be stepping up my training game. I'm no longer content to quietly glide into the finish line just under the time limit. I want to feel strong and confident as I run through the 5 boroughs. I still won't be breaking any speed records, but I'll be a better running version of myself. I humbly ask for your support of my fundraising efforts for the MRF, which is doing good things to help Migraine sufferers. Any donation is appreciated; no amount is too small.

My Headache Story: In 2000 or 2001 I experienced my first headache that lasted an entire week. I missed a lot of work that week and was pretty much useless to do anything else. And then the headaches continued. I didn't get them at regular intervals, and I was never able to identify specific triggers. I get them when I'm feeling stressed, but I also get them when I'm feeling relaxed. I get them when I'm well-hydrated and well-rested. No foods or drinks (including alcohol) have been pinpointed as headache triggers. I can go to bed without a headache and wake up with one (what is THAT?!?). I have been to different doctors including my internal medicine doc, a neurologist, an ear/nose/throat doc, a chiropractor, etc. Some treatments help sometimes. No treatment helps all the time, not even migraine medicines or narcotic pain killers. The best I have done is acupuncture, and I've recently gone back for more of that. The last time I had a series of acupuncture treatments I found a little relief: the severity and frequency of the headaches decreased...but never went away entirely.

My Marathon Story: I have run 70 full marathons and a number of half marathons, starting in 2005. I have finished marathons in all 50 US states and several foreign countries. But I've never run the NYC Marathon. I can't count the number of races I've run while suffering from a headache. In my case, running doesn't usually make the headache worse, and in fact it sometimes makes it a little better, but headaches always make it harder to get out the door for a training run or a race. I remember a very uncomfortable 2013 Rock 'n' Roll San Diego marathon, where I'd had a headache all weekend including during the race. I finished slow and miserably, but I did finish. But NYC will be a success story, and you can help me get to the starting line by supporting me and MRF. 

Many Thanks, Friends!

$2,616

MONEY RAISED
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  • Sandy Hugill

    $100

  • Shawn Steve

    $25

  • Scot Barco

    $100

  • Gillian Kirk

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $200

  • Kristin Mueller

    $50

  • Bubba

    $100

  • Reginald Gibson

    $100

  • Deborah West

    $26

  • Julia

    $26.20

  • Lindsey Simpson

    $20

  • Caren

    $100

  • Rachael Hoagland

    $25

  • Vicki

    $25

  • Gilberto Sosa

    $50

  • Jonathan Gerard

    $28

  • Richard Pimentel

    $50

  • Karen Brown

    $27

  • Fran DeAngelis

    $26.20

  • Michael Sortito

    $25

  • Ruth Brown

    $22

  • Ray Brown

    $25

  • Melinda Yanuaria

    $25

  • Gerald King

    $25

  • Half Fanatic 623

    $25

  • eGlobalTech

    $1,000

  • Lou Wolsefer

    $25

  • Edward McCoy

    $26.20

  • Anonymous

     

  • David Gallegos

    $26.20

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Barefoot Bandito

    $26

  • Emil Cheng

    $50

  • Sherry Bautista

    $25

  • John H

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Sic Semper Dumbass

    $43

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105% Raised of$2,500 Goal

The Team: $6,757 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Sandy Hugill

Amount Raised

$2,616

 

105% Raised of$2,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Kate Wright

Amount Raised

$2,615

 

105% Raised of$2,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Martha Sterne

Amount Raised

$1,525

 

61% Raised of$2,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Heba Elwa

Amount Raised

$0

 

0% Raised of$2,500 Goal

Donor Comments

Sic Semper Dumbass

Sic Semper Dumbass

DONATION: $43

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

John H

John H

DONATION: $20

3 years ago

Sherry Bautista

Sherry Bautista

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Emil Cheng

Emil Cheng

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Barefoot Bandito

Barefoot Bandito

DONATION: $26

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

You go girl! 3 years ago

David Gallegos

David Gallegos

DONATION: $26.20

Happy running! 3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

3 years ago

Edward McCoy

Edward McCoy

DONATION: $26.20

3 years ago