Thanks so much for coming to check out my fundraiser. My name is Ryan Keough, I am a high school science teacher in Manhattan, and this year I am running the NYC marathon on November 5, 2017. Although I have completed 9 half marathons, I have never run a full marathon before. “So why now?” you ask.
In the summer of 2016 my aunt, Mary Ellen Muyano died after a long battle with cancer. It might sound cliche to say that she had a “battle with” a disease; in most cases that phrase speaks to a person’s will to stay alive in the face of a terrible illness, and while that is very true for my aunt, I use the term battle to mean much more. My aunt didn’t fight to survive, she fought to truly live. Her positivity and zest for life during her illness were inspiring in their own right, but she also took the fight even farther, supporting others with the disease, raising money to find a cure, and even organizing a Relay for Life team. She always said “It’s not about weathering the storm, it’s about learning to dance in the rain,” and dance she did. She brought joy to so many people throughout her life and helped so many in need; even into her last days, it was sometimes easy to forget how much pain she was in, or how her body was shutting down on her.
My aunt was survived by her husband Manny and her two sons Tim and Brandon who have been inspiring pillars of strength since her passing, my whole family has been. The almost year since her death has proven to be a brutal storm and I admit, I haven’t been dancing, nor have I really been weathering it particularly well. There are countless moments where I pick up the phone to call her, or hear or see something and say “Mary Ellen would really get a kick out of this,” and get struck with heavy emotion. I am working hard to not dwell on her death, but instead to be inspired by her life, which is where Team Think Pink Rocks comes in.
Team Think Pink Rocks is an amazing charity whose fundraising efforts go towards curing breast cancer in a variety of ways: early detection, screening, and research to name some. All of the proceeds from the NYC Marathon will go towards the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center here in New York or the Breast Oncology Center at the University of Michigan. I urge you to read more about them on their page or their website: http://www.thinkpinkrocks.com/events/ing-nyc-marathon/
I’ve never been much of a dancer, but maybe I can do some running in the rain to get through this storm. I hope I can count on you to help me. My goal is to raise $3000 for the team this year on my way to running 26.2 miles, in a row. Any donation is greatly appreciated and you can make those donations right here on the crowdrise page: https://www.crowdrise.com/think-pink-rocks-nyc-2017/fundraiser/ryankeough
Thank you so much for reading this far and for your donations. If you have any questions feel free to reach out. Keep your eyes peeled for emails throughout the summer documenting my progress in training and our progress in fundraising.
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