My motto for this run is simple: I'm running for the people who never had the chance.
While on the plane heading to the National American Massage Therapy Association conference this past September, I was reading an article from Runner's World entitled, "Running for Her Life", based on Amy Frohnmayer Winn. Now, it took me a few hours to read this article (yes, hours!) because I had to keep pausing between the tears. Amy was an avid runner - an amazing runner - yet she never had the opportunity to run the Boston Marathon. At age 29, Fanconi anemia, an extremely rare genetic disorder took her life. It also took the life of her two sisters. Throughout the loss and trauma and knowledge that she was going to die well before her prime, she literally ran with the challenges life threw at her and always had a positive attitude. There are many people, like Amy, who passed well before they were ready...well before their friends and family were ready...whether due to rare genetic diseases, to cancer, to brain injuries, or to heart failure...I'd like to run for all those people who couldn't.
I am relatively new to running, as I've only been practicing for two years. Running does not come easy for me, but I am at a point in my life where I am truly realizing the importance of pushing myself to the next level, of letting go, and of not passing up on amazing opportunities life has to offer. As the mother of three boys (12, 11, and 3), I am adamant in not only voicing to them the importance of self-care, but showing them first-hand the benefits self-care provides. For one must take care of the self first in order to have the tools to help another.
Running for the Massage Therapy Foundation enables me to continue my path of self-care while raising money for research in Massage Therapy, which can touch so many lives. My husband and I are both Licensed Massage Therapists, and we have a private practice in upstate New York. We are the official Massage Therapists for the Adirondack Thunder, an ECHL team. We are both actively involved in the American Massage Therapy Association New York Chapter, as he is the Chapter President, and I am the Chair for the Government Relations Committee and on the Convention Committee. I also serve as a Delegate for AMTA National. Ethics, practices, and research in massage therapy is our life! I couldn't be more honored to be a part of this team!
I know how much of a privilege it is to run the Boston Marathon. I know there are thousands of runners who strive to qualify for the Boston Marathon each year, and I know there are millions more who deserve to run this race more than I do (one of them being my hero, my sister). I will be running for all of them as well. Thank you to the Massage Therapy Foundation and to the John Hancock Marathon Non-Profit Program for this experience.