EVENT: Pittsburgh Marathon 2016
EVENT DATE: May 01, 2016
So they say third time's a charm. Well I'm holding out hope that there's some truth behind that saying as I head into my third go around with the Pittsburgh Marathon. Thanks to an immense amount of love, support and generosity, my fundraising went extraordinarily well the past two years. The races themselves, well that's a different story:
- Year 1 (half-marathon) = no race just a weekend stay in the hospital.
- Year 2 (marathon) = managed to make it to the start and finish lines (in about the same amount of time it took me to complete that day's treatments) despite the fact I probably should've been in the hospital.
- Year 3 = TBD (but I'm staying positive!)
Some people may think I'm a glutton for punishment...why would I subject myself to all that training, with the possibility (sometimes greater than I'd like to admit) of a repeat of the past? Well my friends, you will miss out on a ton in life if you allow your fear of failure to stop you from experiencing all the amazing opportunities this world has to offer. My brother once shared with me a quote by Michelangelo, "The greater danger in life lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in aiming too low and achieving our mark." I'm hoping to hit my 50th race this month, which would not be a possibility if I let fear or CF make the rules.
Sure I've been knocked down, fell flat on my face, and felt like I've been kicked right where it hurts. But I'll keep getting back up because I have no other choice. Cystic fibrosis doesn't take days off and isn't throwing in the towel, so neither will I. And I'm definitely not going down without a fight.
I've got quite the army of people battling with me and for me everyday. Please consider joining the fight, a fight that over 30,000 children and adults in the US have no choice but to battle. Help us end this war. Let's destroy CF.
CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION wrote -
Help Us Find a Cure.
Our Run to Cure CF team in Pittsburgh continues to grow each year, as do our research efforts and the progress we’ve made in the search for a cure. Real progress toward a cure has been made, but the lives of young people are still cut far too short. Won’t you join us in continuing the search for a cure? Accept the challenge today and help add tomorrows to the lives of those living with cystic fibrosis by registering to run or making a donation to one of our dedicated team members!
We've made incredible progress in the fight against cystic fibrosis, but we still need to strive to cross that finish line and find a cure!
What Is Cystic Fibrosis?
Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections, and obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.
In the 1950s, few children with cystic fibrosis lived to attend elementary school. Today, advances in research and medical treatments have further enhanced and extended life for children and adults with CF. Many people with the disease can now expect to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond.
About 1,000 new cases of cystic fibrosis are diagnosed each year.
More than 70% of patients are diagnosed by age two.
More than 45% of the CF patient population is age 18 or older.
The predicted median age of survival for a person with CF is in the late 30s.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Since 1955, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has been the driving force behind the pursuit of a cure. Thanks to the dedication and financial backing of our supporters — patients, families and friends, clinicians, researchers, volunteers, individual donors, corporations and staff, we are making a difference.
Learn more about Cystic Fibrosis and our chapter: http://wpa.cff.org
Learn more about our Run to Cure CF Program at: http://wpa.cff.org/runtocureCF
$100 - Kid's Marathon
$200 - 5K
$1,500 - Relay Team
$400 - Half Marathon
$500 - Full Marathon
Fundraising minimums must be met by April 29, 2015. Once you register through Team CF on Crowdrise, within one week you will receive a confirmation e-mail from the Pittsburgh Marathon verifying your registration.
Don't think you can meet your fundraising minimum? Contact Lauren DiMaria at email@example.com or 412-321-4422 to set up your fundraising plan and guarantee your race spot today!
All Run to Cure CF team members will receive*
Run to Cure CF Gender Specific Performance Tee
Volunteer Led Group Training Runs
Coach provided Training Plans and Tips