Thomas Shortt wrote -
I tried to start running 15 years ago and had to stop as my knees hurt. Until two years ago, I couldn’t run a mile without knee pain. My wife Brandi suggested I get fitted for a pair of “real” running shoes and start slow. Turns out that sometimes in life you have to go slow to go faster. We worked up to a 5K earlier this year. Brandi ran a ½ marathon in March so I started training with her. Thank you Brandi!
Earlier this year I began training for my first marathon (26.2 miles, 42K). Assuming I finish my training plan without injury, I will attempt the Atlanta Marathon on 10/28/2012.
I wanted to find a good cause to run for - I chose City of Hope. City of Hope is recognized worldwide and a leader in the fight to conquer cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases.
I have three great reasons for this fundraiser:
- First, I’m running in honor of my Dad who passed away this summer. His life was complicated by diabetes. I thank him for so many things that he taught me throughout life, including 1M+ ways to use duct tape.
- Second, I’m running in honor of Larry Gossett, one of the wisest men I’ve ever had the honor of knowing. Larry passed away after a two-year battle with cancer in October of 2008 at the age of 49. Many of you know Larry, who was a Vice President at Office Depot and Fisher Scientific.
- Lastly, I’m running to kick-off the ACCO Brands (Swingline, Rexel, Mead, etc.) 2013 City of Hope Fundraising effort. 2013 is a big year for our fundraising as our Chairman and CEO, Bob Keller, will be the 2013 Spirit of Life Gala Honoree and we want to set new fundraising records. In 2012, ACCO Brands raised over $1,000,000 to benefit City of Hope.