My dream was not over; it was merely delayed.
In my case, “merely” accounts for 19 years. I was 23 years old and training for what would have been my first marathon. Unfortunately, about a month before the race, I was injured and unable to run. Completing a marathon was one of my bucket list items – I figured this one just wasn’t meant to be.
Over time, I continued to run, but never let myself entertain the marathon dream. I put limitations on my capability and kept my races short and attainable. A marathon would be hard, and I did not feel like taking on hard.
19 years later, however, I have a new perspective of what “hard” means and it looks different for everyone. I’ve known and lost loved ones to cancer. It’s a disease that has touched the lives in some way for all of us. I was recently introduced to Imerman Angels, an organization whose mission is to provide personalized connections that enable one-on-one support among cancer fighters, survivors, and caregivers. As I train and continue my journey toward the 2019 Chicago Marathon finish line, I am proud to run with Team Imerman Angels.
Would you join with me in partnering with Imerman Angels and donating toward this organization? Together, we get the opportunity to be the difference for those seeking cancer support.
On October 13th, I get a second chance to reach my marathon dream and ironically, I’m striving for the same finish line I did not cross 19 years ago: the Chicago Marathon. This time though, I’m not running only for myself. I’ll be running in honor of those who fought the battle and those still fighting today. If you make a donation in someone else’s honor, I’ll proudly wear their name on my headband and carry them with me during the race.