BENEFITING: Shriners Hospitals for Children
EVENT DATE: Oct 04, 2015
On October 4th, 2015, I am running in the Portland Half Marathon event. I have never run a race of this length before, but I'm excited for the challenge.
Running hasn't always been easy for me. I grew up with a limp, and frequent pain in my left tibia. I especially struggled when trying to run, and used to attribute my difficuties to my own personal weaknesses or faults, rather than symptoms of a disease. It took several years for the bone tumor that had been growing in my leg to be accurately diagnosed: osteoid osteoma.
I had my surgeries between ages 6-8. The second one was successful, and after several months with a walker and a wheelchair, I recovered and gained the ability to stand, walk, and run - better than I ever could before.
Running has since played a huge role in my life. It has introduced me to amazing new people, given me peace of mind, taught me about myself, made me appreciate my body's capabilities, pushed me to the brink of quitting, and encouraged me to start anew time and time again. Running is exhilarating, difficult, exposing, personal, physical, and mental.
Sometimes I take for granted that now the only thing that can stop me from running is a lack of will power. Then I remember that I wouldn't be in this fortunate position without the wonderful doctors, physical therapists, nurses, family, friends, teachers, and loved ones who have helped me along the way. I'll always be grateful.
Pediatric orthopaedic surgery changed my life, and made me a runner. I am donating the money from this fundraiser to Shriners Hospitals for Children, so that it can be used to assist kids that need specialty care. Kids like me.
I did it! I finished the Half marathon (see my most recent picture for evidence!). Next up, a full one.
Thank you! <3