Anne Lhuillier via Crowdrise
November 02, 2013
Before I even bought my walking poles to take my first step on the Camino de Santiago last summer, I considered walking the 500 some miles for a charity fighting cancer. But since I wasn't even sure I could walk the whole thing, I thought I would save the idea for another time.
Now that I am back in New York, fresh from having taken this wonderful 550-mile journey, with legs ready to go again and asking for more, I thought I would put this eagerness and restlessness to good use.
This is where the Marathon and SU2C come in. With 42km to walk under 7 hours, the stake is undoubtedly high. But then I think about what some people that I know, children, adults, family members, friends are currently enduring or have endured in the past, fighting this thing, what I call the beast. Some have made it, some have lost the fight.
It is in their honor, in their memory that I want to walk this time. In memory of Marie, my cousin who lost her fight way too soon; of Ty, the little fighter, playing up there with other angels. In honor of Malo, my daughter's cousin, who had to fight at too young an age and who, thankfully, seems out of the woods. Of Michel, my uncle, currently fighting. And of other friends, children of friends, who have fought and are still fighting. It is for them, and selfishly for my own children, that I want to walk.