Eight months ago, I sat in the doctor’s office, looking at my bruised and battered foot, utterly despondent because I couldn’t run my race. (The realization that I couldn’t walk or drive, either, came a bit later.) From that moment on, there was never a question in my mind about whether or not I’d return to Team in Training for another season.
As you might remember, I spent last summer fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society in memory of Bob, my friend’s husband who died from lymphoma last spring. People ask me why I picked this cause over so many others, and the truth is that I was struck by how brutal this cancer can be, yet I rarely heard much about it. It wasn’t until I sent out my fundraising requests that I discovered how many lives of friends and family were affected by these diseases. This isn’t a tumor that you can surgically remove; these are systemic cancers that affect the whole body.
And so, I’m running and fundraising again. I’m fundraising because I don’t want to see any more kids with leukemia or 40-year-old lymphoma widows. I’m running because I made a commitment to run a race in Bob’s memory, and I’ll be damned if I’m going to walk away from that commitment.
My fundraising link can be found at http://tiny.cc/breakaleg. (Ok, it was a foot, not a leg, but where’s the humor in that?) I would very much appreciate your financial support. Please share this link with your friends, family, neighbors, coworkers and anyone else who might be able to help me meet my 2011 fundraising goal.