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Patricia Lastra Luque

Patricia Lastra Luque
OCEAN SPRINGS, MS United States
CROWDRISING SINCE: Mar 03, 2015
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Three years ago, I started tasting this hobby of running. Before I had practiced other sports but running never cross my mind and I even never thought that it would reward me and bring me such a good time and personal feelings. After my first half marathon in 2013, I committed to go a step further and get training for my first marathon challenge in Seville, the city that saw me born and grow. By that time of my life, running was the perfect way-out that I found to balance and recover myself during the hardest proof in my life: the loss of my mum, best friend and inseparable comrade, due to breast cancer. When I finished the race I felt such full of satisfaction that even nowadays I can close my eyes and I still remember the race as if I was running again each of those 42km; those last minutes of the race entering the stadium along with my inseparable partner rustling beside me. I remembered looking at the blue sky and feeling like I was diving in the deep blue ocean,  breathing each second as it was the last one and pushed by an interior strength that it was completely unknown to me until then. But there I was, I felt the strongest woman capable of everything and even though to be able to overcome that hardest moment of my life. Everything was amazing, an endless list of sensations and feelings really hard to put into words. That’s why since then I knew that this marathon was not gonna be the last one.

Now I am living in the United States (Mississippi), and after a year without running due to the great fortune of being mummy, I decided to put another goal on the table and to run the New York Marathon in November 2015. This marathon is very special and will have a different personal meaning for me although my mum will be there again. I run NY marathon as part of the ‘Team for Life” Lazarex Cancer Foundation as it deserves all my respect for the amazing work they do with cancer patients and their families, improving the quality of their lives always under the prism of hope and the dignified struggle and power of love.

Besides, Lazarex Cancer Foundation is the only non-profit providing assistance to end stage cancer patients with costs for FDA clinical trial participation AND helping them to identify their trial options. Participating is free, traveling to & from the clinical trial is NOT. What if a tank of gas is all that stood in the way for you or a loved one to receive treatment? To date they have extended the lives of their cancer patients through FDA approved clinical trials by 185,185 days (that's 507 years!) These are patients who were told nothing else could be done. They have currently helped patients with 88 different types of cancer, have placed patients into 399 different clinical trials & have patients ranging in age from 4 to 86 years. As well as from all ethnic backgrounds. Cancer doesn't discriminate & neither does Lazarex. They help patients of all ages & with all cancers access today's advanced medical breakthroughs." 

My goal is to donate $ 2,500 to this foundation through my personal contribution and from friends, family and whoever wants to contribute. To make donations just click on the link below and then click on my photo. Many thanks in advance!!

https://www.crowdrise.com/fundraise-and-volunteer/the-team/2015-NYCMarathon

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Hace 3 años que me inicié en esta afición de correr, había practicado otros deportes pero jamás pensé que correr me iba a aportar tan buenos momentos y sensaciones personales. Después de mi primera media maratón, en 2013 me planteé mi primer reto maratoniano en la ciudad que me vio hacer, Sevilla. En aquel  momento de mi vida, correr fue la vía perfecta de escape que encontré para equilibrar y recuperar mi interior después de vivir la que  sería  la mayor prueba de superación personal en mi vida, la perdida de mi madre por un cáncer, Amiga y compañera inseparable. Terminar la maratón me lleno de tanta satisfacción que a día de hoy cierro los ojos y soy capaz de recordar aquella carrera como si estuviera viviendo de nuevo cada uno de esos 42km, esos últimos minutos de la carrera entrando en el estadio, el olor de la pista, el azul del cielo, el susurro de a mi lado mi inseparable compañero viviendo cada segundo como el ultimo y empujada por una fuerza interior que hasta ese momento yo desconocía por completo pudiera tener, pero hay estaba, me sentía la mujer mas fuerte, capaz de todo y de hasta poder superar aquel durisimo momento de mi vida. Todo fue impresionante. Miles de sensaciones y sentimientos dificiles de poner en palabras. Cuando terminé aquella maratón supe que no sería la última que haría.

 

Ahora vivo en Estados Unidos, y voy a correr la Maratón de Nueva York 2015 en Noviembre después de un año sin correr, por la gran fortuna de ser mama. Esta maratón será muy especial, tendrá un sentido diferente para mi, aunque con mi madre siempre presente. Correré la maratón de NY como parte del equipo “Team for Life” de la fundación Lazarex Cancer Foundation. Esta fundación  merece todo mi respeto por esa gran labor que desarrollan con enfermos de cáncer y sus familiares, mejorando la calidad de sus vidas siempre bajo el prisma de la lucha digna y con la fuerza del amor. Mi reto es donar 2500 dólares a esta fundación mediante mi aportación personal y la de amigos y familia que quieran contribuir.

Click-a en el link para poder ver a todo el equipo de Team for Life, y encontrarás mi nombre con una foto en la que puedes realizar la donación. Muchas gracias de antemano!!! https://www.crowdrise.com/fundraise-and-volunteer/the-team/2015-NYCMarathon

Patricia
Lastra Luque

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Patricia Lastra Luque's Fundraisers

2015 TCS New York City Marathon

2015 TCS New York City Marat…

Amount Raised:

$2,500

 

100% Raised of $2,500 Goal