BENEFITING: WAKE UP NARCOLEPSY INC
ORGANIZER: WAKE UP NARCOLEPSY INC
EVENT: 2013 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 15, 2013
Adult Reconstructive Surgery
Tennessee Orthopaedic Alliance
Several years ago, I replaced a hip for a patient who was a long-distance runner and narcoleptic. Prior to the surgery, he had planned to run a marathon. Even though he had gotten back to running after the surgery, 26 miles was a journey a bit too far, and he asked me to run the race in his place.
Coincidentally, one of my best friends, also an orthopaedic surgeon in North Carolina, has struggled for years with narcolepsy but is very functional on medication. So when my patient called, I felt honored to run for him.
I suppose my childhood toughened me to challenge. I grew up on a chicken farm in South Georgia with four brothers and sisters. The farm went bankrupt when I was 10, and we had to move to Atlanta. We lived in a hotel for a few weeks as my dad looked for work. We eventually landed on our feet. But I think the stability of a medical career drew me to it after experiencing the sheriff at our door with an eviction notice.
I’ve run five marathons (Kiawah, Nashville twice, New York, and Chicago). My best time is 3:54. It’s always been a dream to run the legendary Boston Marathon! But at age 48 and three knee surgeries later, I doubt qualifying for Boston is in the cards. My goal on April 15 is 3:45.
I love running but have never run for charity. Knowing what I do about narcolepsy, I’m pleased and privileged to be hitting the road for Boston to benefit Wake Up Nacolepsy.
I hope you’ll support my journey with a donation!