The past 3 years have been extremely challenging for me but also incredibly enlightening, informative and full of indescribable and oh so enlightening growth and personal self-awareness- and support. I truly believe that 2018 is a new beginning in so very many ways for me, and the time to start running again, and to start giving back. Running a marathon for Team Imerman Angels has been on my bucket list for several years, but I never wanted to commit to them until I was ready to give them 100% because that is what they deserve, and what a marathon requires. Throughout my entire life I feel like I have been truly blessed with angels. The examples that I could list would take up too much room but I truly know that God looks out for me. In short, I am healthy and I have led an incredibly blessed life despite its challenges; and people have entered my life with their own gifts at the most appropriate moments to help me and to teach me. Some have stayed, some have gone, some were there for an instant of time that made all the difference, some I may have never realized made an appearance, just angels sent from heaven to do a good work. I am truly grateful and blessed. At the same time, I have led a life that has been touched by cancer- my Dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1998 and is a survivor. My Aunt Aline, his sister, was diagnosed with breast cancer, but fell victim to it and my sister-in-law was diagnosed with T-Cell Lymphoma at the age of 29 and is a survivor and a beautiful person who I watched go through and overcome a challenge so much more demanding than 26.2 miles. I know how to run 26.2- I've done it 7 times, but, despite what I am going through in my own life, I do not know what it is like to face cancer, to stare it down, to know it could take everything from me that I hold most dear through no fault of my own. I know it takes strength to fight and conviction and purpose and commitment and help from people you love, from strangers and from angels- in any way, shape or form. And so, I want to re-engage with life- full of faith and purpose and commitment and remember that beautiful feeling of indestructibility that sets in somewhere after 10 miles; and I want to run for a purpose far bigger than me and I want to inspire and motivate my team members that will be running with me; and most importantly- I want to help raise money for the people I haven't yet met who are fighting the fight of their lives against an enemy they never sought to engage- cancer- and make sure they are paired with Angels who won their fight and that the people who love them, their caregivers, also get their own Angel, to see them through. To experience that moment of indestructibility. So that is my motivation and purpose and I ask that you help me to help them. This is a marathon that I am going to enjoy and revel in every single mile- not perfectly in shape, but I will do my best, not exceptionally fast, but I will do my best, not with the luxury of personal coaching or time; but with commitment to myself and my purpose to help others, and with enthusiasm and optimism that I hope is inspiring and contagious. And to that end, I thank you for your support- not just for me, but for the fighters out there fighting battles they never asked for, they never caused, but battles that landed on their doorstep none the less.