Saturday, February 16, 2013

Big Sur International Marathon

Dear Friends, 

I've been training for the Big Sur Marathon (one I've wanted to participate in for years now) for over a month now and below is the total miles I've run since January 14th.  I've only run one marathon in my life and this was right before I became pregnant with Gabriella.  I knew I needed something to transition me from our active cancer lives to the next chapter.  Running has always been a means of therapy for me.  This time, it's so much more meaningful.  
Every training run has been dedicated to a child that has inspired me on the way and I'll continue to dedicate these runs.  Whether one I've met or one I've read about, they have all given me the strength to get through this training.  Each mile I run has meaning and strength behind it as I think about what these kids fighting cancer endure every day.  

As I calculated the journey that we have been through with G and what she has been through, I realized that the number 26 (the miles in a marathon) has significance in our lives.  

26 + 2 days of radiation for her treatment.
26 x 2 (52) weeks of physical treatment she's had to endure.
26 x 4 (104) on average is her bi-weekly blood draws she's had.
And the one that affected me the most:
26 is the number of new medication that has entered my child's body since her fight began.  Can you believe this?  

Every mile I run is a mile I put behind me...a week of treatment... a blood draw...a different medication.  

There are a few number of charities that participate in the Big Sur International.  I chose this one because it is a local foundation and they help children and adults fighting cancer...helping them fight with hope and dignity.  

Please support my participation in the Big Sur International Marathon as a Lazarex Team for Life member.  I'll be running for TEAM G!!!

On Sunday, April 28th, 2013 I will be running in the Big Sur International Marathon as Team for Life member! I have chosen to join Team for Life's fundraising efforts, by putting meaning behind my miles, in suppport of Lazarex Cancer Foundation.

Lazarex Cancer Foundation builds a bridge to hope, life and dignity for cancer patients by providing financial assistance to defray the cost associated with patient participation in FDA clinical trials. Additionally, they help patients navigate their clinical trial options and provide community education and outreach services. 

The money you donate will help Lazarex achieve their mission of providing resources for cancer patients, children and adults who have been told they have no other options, but who are not yet done with their journey in life and refuse to give up. Lazarex believes that together we can build a bridge to hope for cancer patients!

With Hope, Gratitude, and Preserverance, 

Follow This Link to visit my personal web page and help me in my efforts to support Lazarex Cancer Foundation.

Thank you for your constant support,
Team G

1 comment:

  1. You have our full support, in every possible way!!..It is the best possible cause!!...For our G and other kids who have, and have had, cancer!!.....Keep us informed as the days go by....God bless you, sweetie.....for all your hard work, love, and commitment to kids with cancer...You are all so amazing....

    Love, Auntie Carolyn