BENEFITING: FRIENDS4MICHAEL FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: FRIENDS4MICHAEL FOUNDATION
EVENT: Marine Corps Marathon 2015
EVENT DATE: Oct 25, 2015
My first thought was, "Who could I call? What back channels could I go through to get into this sold-out race?" But then I looked at the list of all the great charities that partner with the Marine Corps Marathon ... and then I started thinking about everything differently. Running had given me so much, and now I had an opportunity to rechannel all of that positive energy.
I was really inspired by the work of the Friends 4 Michael Foundation and by the story of Michael Kwinn. As a runner, I get very results-oriented; I am frequently guilty of losing the perspective of what running is really about, and how lucky I am to be able to do this.
Michael was extraordinary. This is a kid who, after finding out he had a brain tumor, devoted the rest of his life to raising awareness about his disease, raising money for research, and helping people in any way he could. The other thing about Michael was, he never quit. He never gave in. He never stopped putting up a fight. He accomplished a lot in his 14 years. And now his spirit lives on through Friends 4 Michael, which is led by his father, and which provides financial assistance to the familes of children who have brain tumors and also raises money for research efforts.
I am so honored to represent Friends 4 Michael in the Marine Corps Marathon, and I feel like Michael will be with me every step along the way. My goal is to put up a performance that would make him proud.