I started running (again) four years ago. I'm not always motivated to get out and do it but races and causes are the reasons I haven't stopped since. When I'm digging deep during my marathon debut this November, I'll be thinking of those who don't have clean water, those who were manipulated into begin trafficked, and those who can't go to school, among many more. I'll be calling on thoughts of those who are suffering here and abroad, and how I once caught heat for helping send bed nets to Africa -- someone cited that charity begins at home, forgetting the world is our home. Fastfoward to Sunday, November 4, 2012: I'll have raised 500.00 toward finding cure for something unspeakable -- that I'll be talking about for a long time...
Epidermolysis Bullosa (E.B.) brings pain: painful dressings of blisters/skin shearings, baths in vinegar and bleach, feeding tubes, morphine drips, avoidance of acitivities that involve a lot of movement, loss of childhood. It is a genetic disorder that begins this pain from birth, throughout one's limited life. These children wake up to an ordeal and rarely complain. If you see any butterfly wings flying through the course, remember how delicate their skin, their lifetimes...
This will be at the forefront when I run my first marathon. And probably before every training run I don't want to do.
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