Cancer never comes at a convenient time. Family members get a diagnosis during a time of economic hardship. Maybe it's just not the right time to have to put in the time and money you feel your friend with a new diagnosis deserves. Fighting cancer is hard.
When I was in the fourth grade, I had just come home from school on the Monday before Thanksgiving in 2004. My dad brought my brother and me to the top of the stairs of the brand new house we had just moved into. He shared with us, trembling, that Mom was sick. Acute Myloid Leukemia, also known as AML or blood cancer.
My mom is the fighter of cancer with a smile on her face. Not even five years after beating cancer, she joined the 2009 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend with Team in Training and finished all 26.2 miles. We called her the "Energizer Bunny" while she did it too. Because no inconvenient time or hurdle could ever slow her down or wipe the smile from her face while doing it.
It has been ten years since my mom walked across the Disney Marathon finish line. I'm currently a grad student with a thesis to write, and there doesn't seem to be a worse time to train for a marathon. But cancer isn't always convenient. but it is my turn to cross the finish line. In no way could I demonstrate the strength it would need to fight cancer without actually experiencing cancer, but throughout my journey I hope to gain respect and shed light for those who have. Training for a marathon is hard, but I am strong. Maybe not as strong the Energizer Bunny, but she'll be there to cheer me on and join my Team to fight cancer with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
I am running as an individual, therefore I need you on my team. Please join my Team in Training this January in Orlando FL for the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. You can join and help by making a contribution to my fundraising goal of $2,800 and/or sharing my story with your friends. You can also help by sharing your stories that inspire and motivate me though training, as well as grad school.
Thank you for your help and joining me to fight cancer, even through all of life's inconveniences. We are stronger, together, as a team.