Last year’s marathon touched the lives of many including myself and family. I was fortunate as I was approximately 100 ft from the second explosion and was not hurt. Although I was filled with shock and fear, I was lucky to run to where my friends and family were waiting safely. I did not witness the injuries around me and although it sounds selfish I am thankful no one I know was physically hurt.
This year on April 21st I will run the 2014 Boston Marathon. I am running because I truly love Boston and proud to be part of such an event. I am running to show that although I was a shaken up last year, I am not afraid and this act of terrorism will not stop me from living my life or doing things I love. I am running because I can, not only physically but mentally. Most importantly, I am running in honor of one of my biggest supporters, my father.
My father has instilled qualities that I am proud of as they have helped me become a successful adult as well as complete the marathon. He taught me to never give up and always face my fears. During the course when I get tired I can hear him telling me; don’t quit, you have come this far, take one mile at a time and with that I keep on truckin’. So this year when I run I am running not only in honor of my dad but to help raise money for a disease he was recently diagnosed with. Parkinson’s Disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that affects the movement of those diagnosed. It’s often easy to take that part of our life for granted. Movement truly is a blessing and being able to take that and literally run with it is a pretty cool experience. This is one reason why I have chosen to honor my dad through raising awareness and funds for Parkinson’s research. Thank you.