Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Day 18

Today is a special day for me so I am not going to talk about what I ran, cooked or read. Today I want to talk about my niece, Hope. Today Hope turned 5. This is a big deal because Hope was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer when she was 6 months old and reaching 5 years old was a milestone that her mom, my amazing sister Sari, always dreamed she would reach. And today she did. And she is beautiful and healthy and perfect. I know my sister was always afraid that she was so anxious for 5 to come that she would miss all the day in between, but I hope she knows that she really is an outstanding mother who has made every day of her little girls' lives special and I know she will continue to for years to come.

I started running two weeks before Hope was diagnosed and in my very first race, just when I didn't think I could take one more step, the song that I think about when I think about Hope started playing on my IPod, Blackbird by the Beatles. Thinking about Hope and her strength helped me persevere and run across my first finish line. I am grateful to Hope and my sister for teaching me to never give up and to believe in your dreams.

Please help me help other children like Hope who continue to suffer from Neuroblastoma by sponsoring me as I run for Fred's team in the NYC marathon. 100% of the proceeds I collect will go to research in Neuroblastoma. If you do choose to contribute to this amazing place, please send me a message so that I can thank you personally as on the Fred's team website, I have no way of knowing who has donated money, only how much has been raised so far.


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