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With brain tumors, it's always a race against time. I am uniting with National Brain Tumor Society and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure to make strides for a cure. Please join my team!!
After losing my dearest Lily to brain cancer in 2014, I wanted to have a part in giving hope to others. I researched my options, and there weren't many: donating hair, joining the medical field, or running and raising awareness. And despite all odds, I decided on running.
Some of you know my personal history with running--nonexistent. In late March of 2016, I decided to run ABC2's Race for Hope 5k, which was taking place May 1st. My sister and brother-in-law thought I was crazy, which is probably true. Despite never running more than the one mile required in 9th-grade PE, I was determined to try. Training felt like death, but in a way, I was so proud because the task had seemed impossible. Last year, I trained and worked on trimming my time and meeting my fundraising goal. Last year's race day was brutally cold, yet there were still hundreds of people committed to the cause, pushing past the circumstances.
This year, I wasn't sure if I could even run the race due to an ongoing injury. However, I am pushing on in faith, and my hope is that many of my friends will join me in running. Running takes a small physical committment and only $40. If you can't run, I would love for you to donate!
When I feel like giving up, when I feel like my task of running is impossible, when I feel like my body can't go any further, I remember Lil's journey with brain cancer. She was strong and brave, and even though she wanted to give up, she kept going.
While that applies to running, it's also about fundraising and raising awareness and making progress toward a cure. Although these tasks seem daunting, it is possible if we just keep going.
Each year, the most incredible thing about participating in the event is seeing all of the people at the race and feeling part of a community of fighters, survivors, caretakers, and cheerleaders. My heart broke each time I ran by a fellow runner wearing an "in loving memory of" tag, and my heart smiled each time a survivor ran past me (they were all much faster). Each year, we gather early Sunday morning at Freedom Plaza, racing for time and hope and a cure for the ones we love. My hope is that my race will help add time to another family's loved one.
Please partner with me in my race. You can join me in running, you can send me encouragement, or you can donate to my fundraiser. To donate, click the "Make a Gift" link to the right.
The Race for Hope - DC presented by Cushman & Wakefield raises funds to support innovative research initiatives and provide information for brain tumor patients and their families. This amazing event relies on the dedication and enthusiasm of individuals, families, teams, volunteers, sponsors and donors. Thank you for your support in helping us find a cure for brain tumors!