April 20, 2016
BENEFITING: Lovin Spoonfuls
ORGANIZER: Lovin Spoonfuls
EVENT: 2016 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 18, 2016
I am really excited to share that I will be running the 2016 Boston Marathon in support of Lovin' Spoonfuls, the organization where I work as Chief Operating Officer. I know that in the coming months, you might get a couple messages like this - but there are many reasons why I'm running and I hope you'll give me a couple minutes to learn why, and what you can do to help!
Why Lovin' Spoonfuls?
Lovin’ Spoonfuls is a food rescue organization. We are dedicated to facilitating the rescue and distribution of healthy, fresh food that would otherwise be discarded. We work efficiently to deliver this food directly to the agencies and programs where it can have the greatest impact. We are bridging the gap between abundance and need. Through our food rescue operations and other initiatives, we are committed to addressing the health, environmental, and economic impacts that food waste have on our community.Learn more here.
You may know that in 2012, my sister and husband somehow convinced me to run the Boston Marathon. You may also know that it was incredibly hot that day, and that I had a miserable experience getting to the finish line.
Our Boston experience propelled Jonathan and I into working towards our goal marathon time by running 3 more marathons in the 18 months that followed. As I was training for our 4th marathon, Chicago in October 2013, I started having difficulty finishing training runs. At the race itself, I didn't feel well by the halfway point and struggled to finish.
In the months that followed, running got harder and harder, and by June 2014, I couldn't run at all. That, along with a host of other new challenges, led me to my doctor's office. In July 2014, following a brief hospitalization, I was diagnosed with Primary Adrenal Insufficiency, or Addison's Disease.
Addison's is a rare autoimmune disorder which affects your adrenal glands. The adrenals produce cortisol, the body's stress hormone. By the time I was diagnosed, I wasn't producing any cortisol at all. Left undiagnosed, Addison's is fatal. I was, and am, fortunate to live in a city with some of the best medical care and that diagnosis came fairly quickly. Being a rare disease, others have not always been as fortunate.
Now on treatment, I've worked my way back. I started from scratch and ran my 5th BAA half marathon a year ago, my first race after the diagnosis, and ran my best time on that course. I ran the same race again this past October and bested my previous time again.
And now, I'm ready for the next challenge. I'm so excited for the opportunity to run the Boston Marathon again, to prove that I get to control this disease, and not the other way around, and to do it all for an organization which I have spent the past few years working to grow. And fortunately, I'm doing it with Jonathan by my side again.
How Can You Help?
As a small non-profit, your donation will go so much further than at many larger organizations - each $1 donated allows us to rescue more than 3 pounds of food, which is enough food to feed someone for 1 day.
Your donation of...
- $50: feeds a person for 50 days, or a family of 4 for approx. two weeks
- $100: feeds a person for 100 days, or a family of 4 for approx one month
- $250: feeds a person for 250 days, or a family of 4 for more than two months
Please make a donation today! But keep in mind, with 4 months to go, there are many ways to help beyond giving funds. Here are just a few!
- Give monthly! There's plenty of time before the race, so consider making monthly donations to stretch your impact.
- Hosting an event? Consider suggesting a donation in support of our marathon run!
- Take advantage of your company match, if you have one!
- Would your company be interested in hosting me for a brief presentation on food rescue?
- Forward this page to anyone you think might be interested!
We appreciate your support! We will be relying on the positive energy from the team behind us to get through training runs, and to get through this race, come April.