BENEFITING: PRAYERS FROM MARIA FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: PRAYERS FROM MARIA FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: May 21, 2017
I am participating in the 1/2 marathon (13.1 miles) of the Cleveland Marathon event this year. I am excited and proud to be part of the Prayers from Maria Foundation/Sunflower Striders team. For those of you who do not know about this Foundation, their mission is to raise awareness and funding for global research into the causes, preventions, treatments and cure for gliomas and bringing hope to children and families who deal with the hardships caused by this disease. Prayers from Maria was founded by Ed and Megan McNamara, who lost their daughter, Maria, at the age of seven to a brain stem glioma in 2007.
I have had the honor and blessing of meeting Megan and sharing the start of a special friendship. We have shared our stories of losing our daughters and have inspired each other through faith and friendship.
You may wonder why I have decided to run this 13.1 mile distance. My inspiration came during a routine run earlier this year when I was praying along the course, as I often do. I realized that my dear Abby Lyn, who passed away on December 1, 2010, would be 13 years old this year. It also came to me that Abby has been gone for 6 years now and that my dear Emma Grace will be turning 7 which leads to the number 13 again. I enjoy running outdoors for physical exercise but I experience such spiritual and emotional strength as well. I often feel Heaven and Earth connect during this time. So, I have dedicated time and energy to do my best to train for the distance and I will absolutely cover it - whether I run it all or take time to walk. I will be inspired by the gifts of my two daughters whom God has so graciously blessed me with and I will absolutely be thinking of Maria, the McNamara family and all they do to help others on this journey. I will dedicate my efforts to all children and their families who have endured this journey of brain cancer - whether their battle was lost or whether they continue to fight and for all of those who have won!
Please consider sharing in this event with me - whether you can participate in the event (consider joining the Sunflower Striders!), donate to my fundraising efforts, pray for my endurance along with the children fighting this battle or whatever else it is that you are feeling called to do to help make a difference. My personal goal is to raise $1300. I appreciate any support you can offer. Every dollar counts!
Thank you for taking time to read this and may God bless you in all of your days!