BENEFITING: WINIFRED MASTERSON BURKE MEDICAL RESEARCH
ORGANIZER: RUN 4
EVENT DATE: Nov 02, 2014
On November 7, 2004, my husband and I completed the NYC marathon together. We stayed together every step of the way, including when we crossed the finish line. The race was surprisingly easy for him, despite the fact that he had only become a runner through my urging in that prior 6 months as we trained for the Marathon together. Brad is just that kind of athlete and person -- he makes things look easy!
The first 15 miles I was exuberant -- high-fiving spectators along the way -- but by mile 19 I hit "the wall". Thankfully, Brad's reserves were deeper than mine (and he -- in typical Brad fashion remained even-keeled from mile 1) and he helped me through the final 7 miles. On that day, I was proud to finish in just under 4 hours and 30 minutes, but was adamant that I would never do another marathon.
Brad, on the other hand, got the marathon bug and went on to run another 3 marathons. On August 4, 2013 at 7:31 AM when our lives were turned upside down, he was filling his Fuel Belt water bottles for a long training run in preparation for the 2013 NYC Marathon. Instead he spent the next four weeks in a coma and four months living in hospitals. He had a hemorrhagic stroke which left him unable to breathe, eat, walk and talk. Watching him work his way back has been like watching a miracle. His determination is remarkable.
I decided that running a marathon to raise awareness and fundraise for the lower limb robotics clinic at Burke -- which he refers to as a "game changer" in terms of the impact on his gait restoration -- was the least I could do. You can learn more about the robotics clinic and why it is so important to Brad's recovery by watching this news story produced by CBS:
Every step I take in this marathon will be FOR BRAD. And I can't wait until he is running marathons again, so I can happily go back into marathon retirement. GO TEAM RUN 4 BRAD!