In November 2002, my good friend Cheryl asked me to join her in running the Kiawah ½ Marathon. A recent widow after loosing my husband on 9/11, I was still struggling to survive, and although running had become a huge part of my grieving, I could not imagine leaving my two children behind for 2 days (ages 3 and 1 at the time), let alone get on a plane without them…
Years have gone by and I am so grateful for all the good that has come our way. Our family has grown into a big united family of six, and life has been good to us. But others around us have been suffering. This past August, a close family friend lost her battle to brain cancer, leaving behind a husband and adorable 4 ½ year old little girl… Then in September, my sister-in-law lost her Dad to this horrible disease. This year, more than 200,000 people in the US will be diagnosed with a primary or metastatic brain tumor.
So when 15 years after her first offer, my friend Cheryl asked me to join her in doing the Kiawah marathon, our first (and probably last!) full marathon, I decided to join her. Not just as a sign that I had come full circle since her initial offer to run that half in 2002, but as a way to honor Pauline and Christian and their families, and the incredibly strong and courageous people around me fighting the disease.
Please join me in this fight and donate to B*CURED, a unique organization whose sole mission is to end brain cancer by funding innovative research grants. To date, B*CURED has awarded 21 grants to investigators searching for a cure for brain cancer at nationally ranked universities and hospitals. And all money raised by B*CURED goes directly to brain cancer research. To learn more, please visit www.bcured.org.