BENEFITING: Education Through Music
ORGANIZER: Education Through Music
EVENT DATE: Nov 03, 2012
I have a beautiful story written below about how I got to this place but for a short and quick sypnosis of why you should give me money read only the first paragraph:
Yes, the Columbia Presbyterian commercial where the patient shared the story of his collapsed lung and the doctor at the hospital encouraging him to run the marathon with him the next Fall is what did it. I thought, "that guy finished the marathon with a collapsed lung 10 months before and the doc encouraged him? And he got that medal? Hell! I CAN DO THIS! So, in January i signed up for a Jack Rabbit running class and the rest is making history. I have completed a 5K, a 10K, i plan to do a half marathon in the early Fall and then the big Kahuna - The Marathon! i will be running for one of my favorite charities and my former place of employment, Education Through Music (ETM) - A wonderful organization that truly puts in well trained music teaching artists to teach in the toughest of schools. ETM ensures that not only every child in the school learns music (I mean really learns how to read music ) but that the program is sequential and ongoing not succumbing to the usual not- for profit woes of pulling out a program simply because there is not money in place for ongoing support. ETM prides themselves on making sure there is a real plan so that the music program stays in a school as part of the regular school curriculum.
I have watched the NYC Marathon every year since I was a child. I remember watching the runners after the event in their shimmery aluminum as they made their way home with their families and with their medals! In college, I had a few friends who ran and I happily cheered (and secretly envied) them on First Avenue. I loved the way the city felt during the marathon. There was a wonderful spirit, a feeling of hope and inspiration. After college, I looked forward to the annual event and cheered whether I knew some one running or not and always felt great emotion. I always wanted to do the Marathon (i really wanted the medal! ) but I was not a runner, i was not really athletic, I had knee problems, I did not even know how to begin to train. It was a dream that was not going to be acted upon. When I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in May 1999, it seemed for certain that excessive excercise of any type was going to be out of the question. So I went on to get married, have children and with each year I cheered the runners. The funny thing was, I met more and more people who were my age, were not so fit, had physical problems or had children, who were running the marathon. My MS also began to stabalize and I seemed to have a better handle on my triggers for flare ups. Then my very close friend who was at a turning point in her life told me she was training to run the marathon. I was enammered by her commitment. Other friends on facebook announced that they too were doing the marathon and i became more excited..."Maybe this dream could be a reality for me?" And then the final straw, a sappy commercial...