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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!!
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.
In previous years, I always faced some kind of physical challenge--whether it was a training injury, my asthma, or signing up for a field trip on the same day as the race. (Major shout out to my girl Nicole for holding it down last year in my absence!)
This year, the challenge will be emotional with revived grief.
In 2014, when I knew I was losing my Lily to brain cancer, it felt like my life was ending along with hers. I couldn't imagine life without her. The fear of losing her made every chance to see her more important. The fear kept me going.
After her death, the grief came stronger than I expected. I felt paralyzed in my life. I was overwhelmed. I didn't know how to keep going, how to move forward, how to make sense of things.
I wanted to do something. Something to make a difference. Something to prove that her life wasn't in vain. Anything to feel as if I was still going.
Ironically, running often feels similar to grief in not knowing how to keep going. But one foot in front of the other, breathe in, breathe out. Another foot shuffle, more breathing. Repeat. This is how you run. This is how you make it out of grief.
This run is a fundraiser and a community event. We gather together--all of us who have been touched by brain tumors: survivors, caregivers, parents, daughters and sons, siblings, coworkers, and friends. We come together in this collective recognition of grief and loss or trauma and victory. As a community, we race toward medical solutions and increased survival rates.
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.
I wonder if you would run with me--to join this community of people who won't give up in this race, in a diagnosis, or in grief. Running takes a small physical commitment and only $40. If you can't run, I hope you would consider joining my team through donation. Every dollar is valuable, and any gift is tremendously appreciated.
Each year, the most incredible thing about the event is seeing all of the people at the race and belonging to 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. You too can be part of that.
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!