The finish line is in sight...
July 13, 2016
BENEFITING: National Kidney Foundation, Inc.
ORGANIZER: National Kidney Foundation, Inc.
EVENT DATE: Jul 31, 2016
"I run because it's so symbolic of life. You have to drive yourself to overcome the obstacles. You might feel that you can't. But then you find your inner strength, and realize you're capable of so much more than you thought."
To be utterly honest, I have been racking my brain for a month - yes, month - thinking of how to be perfectly poetic in a way that would move my readers to believe in me and what I'm doing. Finally, I realized that if I just write from the heart, everything else will fall into place. So here's why I'm running my very first full marathon - The San Francisco Marathon on July 31st - as a member of Team Kidney, and in memory of my dad:
In early 2014, my father was diagnosed with kidney disease and COPD, among other things. Before sunrise on Thanksgiving that same year, I lost my best man, my baseball buddy, my dance partner, my comedian and confidant. I never thought I'd lose myself, too. It was all so unexpected. I doubted my purpose, my plans and priorities. I wondered if I'd ever enjoy things in life the way I once did, and when I'd be able to feel happy again without feeling guilty. I questioned God and my values. I submitted to my sorrows, and lost sight of who I was.
Before all that, running came easy for me. After, my heart was heavy and weighed me down. When I finally found it in me to lace up and go, I felt as though each stride lightened the load I was bearing. My sport became my savior. I found that the lessons I learned each day from running were echoes of daddy lessons from long before: Work hard and you will be successful. Never give up on yourself or your dreams. You are capable of anything you put your mind to. Take it one breath at a time. Give a thumbs up to show em you're alright. Have fun, have fun, have fun. He was my first teacher, and running became my substitute. I miss him everyday. Though, I know he'll always be there beside me to tell me to keep going when I feel like I can't - whether it's on the challenging courses I encounter in a race, or in life.
Running saved my life, and I sincerely hope that through this I can save someone else's too. I am teaming up with the National Kidney Foundation because they are dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease. All funds raised will support the life-saving work of this amazing organization. All spirits raised is a bonus.
I want to thank you for taking time to read my story and I invite you to make a lasting change in the lives of those impacted by kidney disease. Whether it's through a donation, cheering me on along the route, or spreading awareness - I hope you know that your support means the world to me. Thank you!