BENEFITING: STUPID CANCER
ORGANIZER: STUPID CANCER
EVENT DATE: Nov 06, 2016
I've never been motivated by running, the thought of going out to run has never interested me, it's just not my thing. There was one time I intentionally went running -- 6 years ago -- because I kept feeling really tired and thought some endorphins would wake me up. Turns out I had mono. The running promptly stopped.
What does motivate me is supporting a cause I feel connected to -- a cause like Stupid Cancer. This non-profit brings community and outreach to young adults (15-39) affected by cancer, a demographic largely overlooked in the areas of resources, support, and awareness. It is especially close to my heart because Stephen, the oldest in my tiny pack of cousins, had his life cut short at 21 by a rare cancer.
So when I had the opportunity to join Team Stupid Cancer and help raise funds for the work they do, I said "I'm all in." And now, on November 6, I'm running on Team Stupid Cancer in the 2016 NYC Marathon.
Yep. I'll carry my cousin's memory 26.2 miles through the streets of New York to honor his life and Stupid Cancer's motto, "get busy living." I'm a little terrified, questioning the strength of my own body, and wondering how I'll make it to the finish line. But what is living if you don't occassionally push your limits and boldly step up to a challenge?
I have no time goal, but I do have a fund goal - $3,500. With your help I'll reach it and make it through the marathon.