BENEFITING: FRIENDS4MICHAEL FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: FRIENDS4MICHAEL FOUNDATION
EVENT: 2014 ASICS LA Marathon
EVENT DATE: Mar 09, 2014
I started running in 2005 to raise awareness and money to a cause and an organization that hit very close to home, the Brain Tumor Society. There were thousands of events all over the country to support breast cancer but it was the only event that raised money for Brain Cancer, at that time.; 5K run in DC called the ‘Race for Hope’ and it was important for me to represent and run this race as a survivor. I spent most of my 20’s dealing with brain cancer, brain surgery; post operative treatments, and physical and rehabilitative therapy relearning how to walk. Eventually I got better, I got stronger, and I was finally ready to give back. I started the run - walk method and trained for months for that 5K race. It was only 3.1 miles but to me, it felt like the Ironman. Crossing the finish line of that first 5K, I felt invincible and better about myself than I ever have. I immediately came home and signed up for another 5K, and that 5K led to a 10K, and so on. Later that year, I ran my first marathon, the Marine Corp Marathon in DC, for the Friends4Micheal foundation. Again, I wanted to raise money and bring awareness to brain tumor research, honor those lost and help those still fighting. After I crossed the finish line I felt like I could do anything so I came home and signed up for 2 marathons for the following year, the LA marathon in March and the SF marathon in July, which I ran for the National Brain Tumor Foundation. A few months later, I ran for Fred’s Team, which raises money for MSKCC, the hospital where I was treated. And so on it went.
Today I am a proud FINISHER of all 50 states plus DC and a members of the 100 marathon club of north America with 106 marathons under my belt.
LA will be my 107th marathon, again for the Friends4Micheal foundation. The Friends4Michael Foundation directly supports families that are dealing with the devastating impact pediatric brain tumors have on their lives. We send $300 to families in immediate need of financial support. $300 keeps the car running for the round trips to the hospital or helps pay for a new mattress so a sick child can get a good night's sleep while enduring chemo-therapy. $15,000 directly supports 50 families with significant needs here and now.