As you all know, I have a big and very close group of girlfriends from college. This past Saturday, I received a phone call that no one wants to get. One of our good friends has been diagnosed with cancer. I was devastated.
She is always the life of the party. The joker; the friendly face. I cannot imagine having cancer at 25, and as her friend, it’s horrible for me to be 7 states away and unable to physically help her do anything. I love her so much, and it just sucks to watch a friend go through this.
I immediately thought…. what can I do?
And the answer was obvious:
I WILL BE RACING IN THE DISNEY MARATHON for Team in Training! The race is in January.
Team in Training raises money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) , the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. LLS has invested more than $600 million in research since 1949 – over $71 million in 2008 – specifically targeting leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma.
I’ve always said I would "never" be able to run a marathon because of my knees. But the last few weeks in physical therapy have proven to me that I will at least be able to walk the marathon, and I might just be able to RUN it. In fact, I’m 90% sure I will be able to run this marathon. And I get to run it with Mickey and Minnie, which is pretty cool!
And even better – I get to run this marathon with my BFF for life, Meghann, and her sister Kelly. One of my college BFFs (Lauren) might do the race, too, and I know there are TONS of bloggers planning to come to Orlando for the marathon.
I am a mix of emotions as I type this — mostly I am sad and worried for my friend. But, it is also a bittersweet post because I have dreamed of racing in a marathon since I started to run more than three years ago. All the nights that I literally cried myself to sleep because I thought I wouldn’t be able to do it…. now, I know I can do it! But, to be able to say that "I ran a marathon and I raised thousands of dollars for cancer research in the process" would be the icing on my cake.
As part of this effort, I will need YOUR help. If you enjoy reading Healthy Tipping Point and Operation Beautiful, please consider a small donation to my Team in Training efforts when my site is available. Even if it’s just $1. Every single donation helps the fight against cancer. I hope there comes a day when no one has to go through cancer. DONATE HERE!
Which brings me to this morning’s Operation Beautiful note….
Thank you in advance for your support! Visit my TNT Page to donat!
Hey..it is a beautiful thing that you are doing for your friend…She is going to need your support and strength! Even from miles away…
I hope things only look up for her and that she beats this!
I know that team in training does wonderful things and they raise TONS of money for cancer research…this is a very good project to be involved with!