Kristen Mattei wrote -
Jenny was my brother's first girlfriend. I remember her coming to Matt's 13th birthday party. We were living in Illinois at the time and not long after, we moved to Pennsylvania. About 14 years later, they stumbled upon each other online and resumed their relationship- both a little taller and wiser. Ok, Matt was a lot taller. Shortly after, they both moved together to Seattle to start their new lives as a couple.
Not long after moving in together, Jenny was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. In the past 6 years, I have learned a great deal about the disease, and most importantly how it has affected two people I love very much. Despite the hospital visits, daily treatments, and the looming fear that it could get worse, they still manage to laugh. To make each other smile. To enjoy life. Jenny is an incredible person and I can't think of a better partner for my brother.
I will never know what it is like to live with Cystic Fibrosis. What I do know is that every day, Jenny is fighting this disease. She gets up earlier than anyone should to head to a crazy 5:30am fitness class. She ends most days with either more fitness classes or a run. 2 years ago, she completed a half-marathon and has participated in several runs since. Why does she torture herself? Exercises helps people with CF to maintain optimal lung function and stay healthy. Jenny really does run to breathe.
So where do I come in? If Jenny can do this day in and day out, surely Johnny and I can run 4 miles? Every day that I train and every mile that we run, I think about Jenny and thank my lungs for their services. On a personal note, as a person being treated for Lupus, exercise is one of the best things I can do for my own health. Thanks for the inspiration Jenny!
My (unofficial) sister-in-law, Jenny, is one of the strongest people I know. You might not know it by looking at her- she's so petite and sweet, especially next to my towering brother. :)
Please support us as we run for Jenny, our own health and the lives of thousands of people living with Cystic Fibrosis in the Boomer's Cystic Fibrosis Run to Breathe! We would love to have you join our team! There is no pressure to donate- our goal is to just raise awareness for CF.
For more information on the race, or to join us, visit: http://www.nyrr.org/races-and-events/2014/boomers-cystic-fibrosis-run-to-breathe-4m
For more information on Boomer Eiason Foundation and facts about CF, visit: http://esiason.org/
Jenny is a brilliant writer and just finished her first memoir! To follow Jenny, visit her blog: jennydolan.com