EVENT: Boston Marathon 2014
EVENT DATE: Apr 21, 2014
"Gratitude, like love, needs to be active," Christopher Reeve.
I will be running the 118th Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014, in remembrance of the victims of 2013 and also out of gratitude for all of those who helped that day.
As most of you know, I was stopped at mile 25.9 last year due to the bombings so did not finish the race. There was, and continues to be, so much good. Ordinary people turned into heroes through determination and strength, be it saving a life or simply offering a marathoner a hug or a cup of water on that extraordinary day and the days that followed.
As I sat shaken and stunned in Logan Airport after my flight was canceled the next day, two women appeared. Bernadette and Maryellen told me they would take care of me. Bernadette listened to my story, and then told me hers of not finishing the New York City Marathon when her handcycle broke down in the Bronx. Bernadette's story touched me. It was more than just her chair breaking down and that she didn't finish the NYC marathon that day, but her dedication in training even harder and coming back and finishing the race. She found the strength to persevere and overcome the obstacles, to finish the race. Bernadette works for Team Reeve and lives with a spinal cord injury.
Their kindness when I thought I would never run again has inspired me to become a part of Team Reeve and raise funds for spinal cord research.
"Living in fear is not living at all," Christopher Reeve
I've chosen to run, not in fear, but in gratitude, for Team Reeve for all of those who may no longer able to run, but who persevere in the face of overwhelming obstacles. They do not live in fear, but live as heroes. You can be a hero for someone living with spinal cord injury and paralysis, too.
"A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles" Christopher Reeve
My goal is $2650. The first $2620 represents 26.2 miles of the race The last $30 is for the .3 that I did not complete last year. I will write each donor's name or the name of someone special to you on my shirt and carry you with me through the race and we will cross that finish line together!
Please consider being a part of this year's Boston Marathon by donating to The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. Funds that I raise will go directly toward spinal cord research and to provide wheelchairs and medical care to those with spinal cord injuries. Money raised does not go toward my travel to the race or even a training group, but instead goes back to The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. No monetary amount is too small. If you cannot afford to donate, please say a simple prayer or send good karma for those living with spinal cord injury and paralysis, as well as their caregivers and those unsung heroes of the 117th Boston Marathon.