In 2011, my mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. By the time she got her diagnosis, she was already at stage 4. We were still getting over the initial shock of the diagnosis when we lost her, less than 2 weeks after we learned of her illness. We were devestated to lose the matriarch of our family, a phenomenal mother, a loving bubbie, the architect of our annual family vacations, designed to make sure that all of her grandchildren got to know each other despite living in 3 disparate parts of the country. It was a loss that continues to be felt today, across the years. I will run the marathon to honor her memory.
In 2013, my wife Beri and sister Eve found Sharsheret and ran the New York Marathon in support of Sharsheret and their good work supporting Jewish families facing breast and ovarian cancer. I cheered them both on as they raised money in support of that good work and as they ran the 26.2 miles (or in my wife's case 28 or so- be sure to ask her about that). Never in a million years did I think I would take this journey on myself. I will run the marathon because I am inspired by these incredible women I am blessed to have in my life.
I never imagined that running would become a passion for me. barely 2 years ago, I weighed nearly 270 pounds. To me exercise was walking from the couch to the fridge. Napping was my favorite hobby. After making the decision to have bariatric surgery, I have succesfully lost 130 pounds- I'm half the man I used to be. To support my weight loss, I began walking. Eventually, as I shed pounds, I picked up speed. I found myself starting to run- and even more surprising starting to enjoy it. I've now run several half-marathons and countless 5, 10 and 15k races. It's become my new, healthy addiction. I'm living proof that an old dog can indeed learn new tricks. Two weeks before the Marathon, I will celebrate my 50th birthday. I will run the marathon because I can think of no better way to celebrate my 50th birthday than to run this race, in memory of the woman who gave me life (and put up with my crap during those dificult teen years) and with the inspiration and support of my wife and my sister.
That's where you come in. In order to secure my spot with team Sharsheret, I have committed to raise at least $3,600 to support the important work of this great organization. I invite you to donate today, to be a part of my support in this challenge and to take this journey with me. My hope is to at least double that minimum fundraising goal.
Whether your support is $5, $50, $500 or $5000, every dollar counts. Every dollar makes a difference. Thank you for being a part of my story.