The moment I knew...
Standing at the 2017 JAF Marathon watch party amidst all of the excitement and intensity of the race I am caught dead in my tracks as I find myself face-to-face with a live account of what happened on April 15, 2013..
This incredibly amazing woman is sharing her story not only of her survival, as she bravely battles multiple myeloma, but her account of what happened as she and her family decided to celebrate her one year anniversary of her self proclaimed re-birth on the date she received a new stem cells at the marathon..
Her account of the bombing and what she her husband and two boys went through hit me to the core as I know what happened but had not heard a first-hand account of the day and it was truly was surreal ..
And then to discover she's there with were equally amazing husband who laced up his running shoes on his non-runner feet and decided to run the marathon in honor of her and her children and take back what the city tried to take from them was completely overwhelming.
As I stood outside of pizzeria Uno anxiously awaiting her husband coming down Boylston Street, I became completely moved and decided at that very moment that I saw her husband and Jenn Andruzzi coming down Boylston Street.. together .. arms raised .. hand-in-hand... that it was my time to run this marathon!
Knowing what a challenge this was going to be for me I knew that the Joe Andruzzi foundation was the only organization I wanted to run for and raise money for..
The only foundation and I felt connected to and committed to enough to get me through the training and to get me the courage and drive and determination to raise as much money as I possibly could for those in need.
I wanted to run in honor of all of those who cannot and raise money for a foundation that focuses on an upbeat attitude at a time where most are surrounded by sadness..
A foundation that gives back.. a foundation that offer support.. positive energy and smiles!
It's an honor and a privilege to be chosen to run the 2018 Boston marathon for the Joe Andruzzi foundation! After years of being a self proclaimed recreational runner I never thought I'd be able to use my ability to run to do good for others. After following Jen and Joe in this organization for almost 10 years and seeing first and the amazing work they do by giving back in creating an upbeat attitude in the face of something extremely challenging for so many, I knew that it was ti me to make a bigger commitment. Having never run more than a half marathon this is a personal challenge for me as well, along with the challenge that I know will be easily reached with all of your generosity, as I have pledged to raise $10,000 for the foundation! A foundation that mission is to help those by providing financial and emotional support as well as a reason to smile . I ask not only for your emotional support in this journey but of course your financial support and sending my love and gratitude in advance for any and all of the support that you can get!