My mother-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer over the summer. She is the 4th woman in her family to battle this disease. Her mother and niece are survivors and her sister lost her fight. The clock has started for my daughter and I don't think I will ever hear it stop ticking.
Being 11 hours away, I feel helpless. I can't sit next to my amazing mother during treatments, make her dinners, or clean her house. I can call, text, send her funny pictures of my kids but I can't be THERE.
and it's killing me.
But I can run and although there are many charities near and dear to my heart, I have never ran a marathon as a fundraiser. Basically, I hate asking people for money. Even if it's for a good cause.
Well, times they are a changin'.
On December 13, 2014, I will be my running my 6th marathon, the Rocket City Marathon, in Huntsville, AL. I will be running to raise money for the American Cancer Society in the hopes that someday our mothers, sisters, aunts, and daughters will be free from this disease.
I ask you to support me, foremost, in prayer. This will be an emotional race for me. I'm not just running it for myself but for my family. I also covet your prayers for my mom, Robin, as she endures months of treatment and uncertainty. In addition, a dear friend of mine, Tom, was also recently diagnosed with cancer and is also facing treatment. Some of you or someone you love may have been given this life changing diagnosis - please know that even if I don't know their name, I am praying for them. Praying for God's strength, wisdom, and love during this difficult trial.
Secondly, I ask that you would consider donating. $1 a mile. $5 a mile. Pick a dollar amount, 1-26, and I will pray for you during that mile. Every dollar counts towards defeating this disease.
I have created a fundraising page, http://main.acsevents.org/goto/LJZP, where you can easily donate online.
Thank you for you support, prayers, and love. Together we can make a difference.