Race day is almost here!!!!
May 11, 2017
Heather Olsen was only 36 when she lost her long battle with synovial sarcoma (a rare an often fatal type of cancer).
Though I never met her face to face, she changed my life forever.
I followed her journey on Facebook through her husband and eventually directly though her.
Heather was 36, a wife and a mother. She was healthy and lived a healthy and active life. A little under 2 years ago she was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma in her lungs. (https://www.mdanderson.org/publications/cancerwise/2016/08/synovial-sarcoma.html) .
What became so incredible is how she embraced life and inspired others to embrace their lives though her journey. She accepted that she was dying and in her acceptance she inspired everyone she touched. It is in large part because of her that I've been able to overcome so many of my fears in the last year. For it was Heather, reminding me to do things that I want to do but was too afraid to. She reminded everyone to not put things off while they are able and healthy. To create bucket lists. Embrace life. Tell those you love that you love them. I am so grateful for the impact she has had on me and my life and that I was able to tell her this in the week before she passed. In my last correspondence with her she told me how proud she was of me, and how the most important things in life we have no control over... time and health.
While running at the beach & training for the Tinkerbell Disneyland 1/2 marathon I was already registered for, a thought came across my mind...... I was tired, and my legs were hurting and I thought "Heather would have given anything to feel this type of pain"... and I looked up and said "This one is for you"!!!
At that moment I decided to turn this little half marathon into a fundraiser in Heather's Memory. All the money I raise will go to MD Anderson Cancer Center Research. This is where Heather received her treatment, and it is the best in the country for her type of cancer. If anyone is going to find a cure, this is who it will be. Thank you for your donations and reading about the impact Heather had on me.