This is my first marathon! Help me get across the finish line!
Less than 2 years ago, I weighed well over 300 pounds and couldn't jog, nevermind run- at all. Some surgery, an Olympic-sized swimming pool of protein shakes, and a blossoming love/hate relationship with a treadmill has led me to more than 100 pounds lighter with a handful of road-races under my belt, the last being the Smuttynose 1/2 Marathon in September.
I run so I can be around and be a better dad for my wife and our 4 kids. On days I don't feel like running, I think of my niece Kiley, and then I lace up my running shoes.
Kiley was diagnosed with Stage 4 Rhabdomyosarcoma- a rare and aggressive form of cancer of the soft-tissue- when she was only 5 years old. Through aggressive chemo and radiation, she's currently in remission and is a thriving 9-year-old- but we worry every day.
I'm running for her and for all those affected by cancer- but specifically, for those affected by childhood cancer. Of the $4.9 billion 2014 National Cancer Institute (NCI) budget, only 4 percent went to research around childhood cancer. That's unacceptable.
Cancer is the second leading cause of death for kids in the United States (accidents being first). Help me fight for more than 4% so that kids like my niece have a fighting chance to run their own marathons. Heartbreak Hill has nothing on what kids fighting cancer face every single day.
Help me help them!