My grandma battled with diabetes for as long as I can recall. In her last few days with us, I spent the evening with her, made sure she was drinking enough water, watched Friends, and talked to her about marathon training. She nodded her head and laughed. Her laugh was always a lethal mix of, “you’re absolutely crazy, I sort of disapprove, but sort of don’t, and I am also super proud of you.”
On February 15, 2017, she went home to be with her heavenly father. That evening, by grace, she helped me run one of my fastest trial times. I thought of how that silly laugh meant so much more than words could even describe. Exactly 8 months after her passing, on October 15, 2017, I will cross the Detroit Free Press finish line for her.
With this race will help her legacy live on by benefitting the millions across the globe fighting diabetes. All donations collected will benefit the American Diabetes Association which seeks to prevent and cure diabetes and improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes, and let their laughs live on another day.