I am 60 years old and I hate to run. I have the honor of being selected for the BIDMC Team to run the 2016 Boston Marathon...so I will run.
Everyone has a story of a loved one who is suffering or has suffered some medical tragedy, so I am not unique. My story is about 2 people. 8 1/2 years ago while skiing in Colorado my husband Howie suffered a massive stroke while undergoing surgery due to a broken arm and wrist. Since then, Howie has endured brain surgeries, arm surgeries, hypobaric oxygen treatments, electromagnetic brain stimulation and various other types of treatments. Every day is Ground Hog day, but he faces it with determination, hope and courage. BIDMC has been there for the both of us, helping us learn how to live when your life is turned upside down...so I will run.
This past Fall one of my oldest, dearest friends, Paula, was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. Paula and I are as close as sisters from different mothers; some people even think we look alike! I couldn't believe another friend has been affected by a form of cancer (Karen, Cheryl, Jane and Ellen). You feel helpless watching someone you love struggle with the emotions of hearing the word "cancer." Paula faces every day with grace, a positive attitude and laughter...so I will run.
Please donate to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in honor of Howie, Paula or a loved one that is special to you. I will write all the names on my shirt and shorts and carry all your memories, hopes and prayers for them over the grueling 26.2 miles. Help me cover every inch of my clothing and help raise money so everyone's nightmares can turn into wonderful dreams.
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All my love and gratitude,
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