In 2011, I started training for my first half-marathon. During the cold winter months, my father was there following me on the long miles on a bike, and later in a car while I ran for hours in the desolate farm country so that I would feel safe. I successfully completed the race in 2012. In April 2014, he traveled across the ocean to France and met me at the finish line of my first full marathon in Paris. Two weeks before that race, I learned that I had been selected for the NYC Marathon for which I've been training ever since.
A few weeks ago, my dad was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer - Cancer of the Ampulla of Vater. I've been asked what can be done for us during this difficult time. This fight is his and there is little we can do, but what I can do is dedicate my race to him and fundraise with any money raised to go to the American Cancer Society. They have been a very helpful resource in finding what little information is available on this disease.
Please consider donating a dollar for each of the 26 miles I run on race day or whatever you can manage. Every bit helps and is one step closer to a cure. Thank you so much for your support!