A few years ago I started getting back into running. I ran a few 5K races, some 5 mile races and I completed 2 half marathons. All of these races were in preparation for one thing-a full marathon. I have always had my sights set on running the TCS New York City Marathon, however gaining entry to the marathon is no easy task. There are 2 options: the first is the random lottery selection, which awards a small percentage of racers the opportunity to run, the second is to raise money for a specific organization. This year I found my motivation to sign up.
In January 2017 my aunt, Carol Iasparro, was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. Within a month of being diagnosed she passed February 18, 2017. Throughout her life, she made sure to put everyone else’s needs before any of her own, from her three children to her nine grandkids. She always made you feel special! You often think to yourself that cancer is not something that will affect you in any way. When something like this happens to someone so full of life and passionate about her family, it helps put into perspective how short life can be. We must stop waiting for tomorrow as no one is guaranteed tomorrow.
This year, I have partnered with a charity, Project Purple to run the TCS New York City Marathon in November 2017.
Project Purple is a not for profit organization whose mission is to raise awareness and funds towards a cure for Pancreatic Cancer. Pancreatic Cancer is the 4th largest killer of all cancers and the least funded of the top ten cancers. The five year survival rate is less than 10%.
I am running this marathon not only to raise awareness for Pancreatic Cancer, but to honor my aunt’s life. I know she will be cheering me on through every mile, just as loud as her voice was heard at every sporting event she attended.
I hope you can all help me raise money for Project Purple to honor those we have lost and those who are still battling. Thank you for all of your support, dedication and love!