BENEFITING: WINIFRED MASTERSON BURKE MEDICAL RESEARCH
ORGANIZER: RUN 4
EVENT DATE: Nov 02, 2014
I ran into Jessica Berman earlier this summer at a pool club after not having seen her since we were friends at the University of Michigan many years earlier. I had heard about Brad's stroke after it happened and naturally my heart felt for her. That day I saw Brad in the pool doing his water therapy. When Jessica later told me about the Run For Brad cause it was a no brainer. Witnessing Brad's amazing grit and determination during his workout put my own personal challenge in perspective and I was immediately motivated to devote my marathon training to a greater cause. It also makes the early morning wake-ups and long training runs that much easier.
Between Brad's accident and other significant tragedies to hit young families I know, I have been forced to consider how precious life is. Way too often, I realize life does not treat people fairly. I recently came across a great saying: "Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional." This applies in more ways than one to my current training experience. Family members need to be loved and friendships need to be cherished as one never knows what challenges lie ahead. And in times of need it's important to be there for those that need the support. That's why I'm proud to be a part of the Run For Brad team and hope you will join me in support of this great cause!