The first 26(.2) people to donate at least $26 will have a mile run in their honor on race day -- 3 slots remain.
The journey of 157.2 miles begins with a single step.
The 2019 Chicago Marathon completes my "Six Star" adventure and I am dedicating this race to my mom, Karen. I began running the World Marathon Majors in 2018 as my mom began her journey fighting breast cancer - unbeknownst to me! (more information about that is below in the next section). As I ran Tokyo, Boston, Berlin, and NYC, she cheered for me while undergoing treatment. And I am cheering for her now that she's in remission and am happy we're wrapping up our journey together.
My Mom's Personal Journey
My mom retired and moved to Colorado at the end of 2017 and in early-2018 she got shocking news: she was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer. Instead of enjoying her new house and the next phase of her life, she dealt with doctor visits, surgery, and wondering what would happening next. I still can't understand all that she went through, but doctor visits, surgery, and uncertainty filled most of her 2018 - and thankfully she is now in remission. There have been minor set-backs along the way - she had a seizure over labor day weekend due to medication conflicts and she's had to manage with check-ups on a regular basis. It's not been easy, but right now she's in remission and doing so much better! I love her very much and happy that the outcome is positive.
Add to the next chapter of their story....
With my mom going through what she did in 2018, I wanted to make my last WMM race count. I've run Tokyo, Boston, and NYC for charity and felt that it gave my training and race a pesonal connection - so I wanted my last marathon of the series to make an impact, specifically something special with my mom. I was drawn to Imerman Angels because of their mission: partnering anyone, any age, any gender, anywhere and any cancer type seeking support with someone just like them – a “Mentor Angel”. A Mentor Angel is a cancer survivor or caregiver who most importantly has faced the same type of cancer. Imagine having a support system of someone who has been there, who can guide you to the finish line.
So... how can you help?
Just press that "donate now" button and give what you feel comfortable. Every dollar puts me one step closer to running for a great cause and will help me take my victory lap for my mom :)