For four years now, Ryan and I have run the NJ marathon events on behalf of the Central NJ Brain Tumor Support Group. This year Reagan will join us in hitting the pavement for a cause so much bigger than ourselves. We are running of course in loving memory, and with so much honor for my mom, their Nonna, who was taken much too soon. But we are also running to Support the FIGHTERS, Admire the SURVIVORS, Honor all the TAKEN and most importantly to ring forth that you should never, ever, give up HOPE!
We will be running varying legs of the NJ full marathon series. Years ago if I was planning to really "run" a race my training would have been very different. The other day as I thought about the race, in my head I was like "it is just about surviving it", and I laughed. Then it occured to me that that was very much like it can be at times dealing with brain cancer. Some days it is just about surviving! Surviving with a vengeance, surviving with hope....so much surviving!
I've told my mom's story, it still brings me to tears. But the story of the Central NJ Brain Tumor Support Group is one few can compare with. Dedicated individuals with a simple, passionate cause at heart. Caring voices, caring hearts, people that just know. All money goes directly to families affected by brain cancer. It is simple, direct, sincere. My mom loved this group and so do I. I am honored and proud to once again run with them. And while my daughter may not love running as much as Ryan and I do, as I have told her, we run for those that can't, we run for those that wish they could, we run because we can, and we should and sometimes that it just enough.
"We don't know how strong we are until being strong is the only choice we have."