Feb 8 2019:
Hi Everyone, I'm back again to run the Donna 110 mile ultra marathon in just 1 day, starting tomorrow morning a few minutes before the Donna 5k events kicks off in Atlantic Beach. Please join my effort to raise funds for Breast Cancer and help me find the finish line for my 3rd year doing the ultra distance at this event. I have no minimum fundraising required for the race, but I would love to hit at least $500. In past years, I was able to raise over $1000 for the cause thanks to a bunch of great supporters. Any amount helps :).
As many of you know, I ran this race the past two years in honor of a friend who lost her life to breast cancer on Mothers Day in 2016 leaving behind two young boys and her husband. You can read my full post on Lucy's battle in the link at the bottom of this post. She was an amazing person that I still think about often and hope I honored her well in my debut in this race two years ago which sucked just about every bit of life out of me in those final miles, but got it done. Last year, I have a great 84 miles on day one, but had health issues post-race that led to some EMT's surrounding me for a few hours making day two for the final 26.2 marathon an impossibility.
This year, I find myself driven to run this challenging race again. There's still no cure, though treatments are improving thanks to some great work being done at the Mayo Clinic and other organizations like them.
If you can help me run another 110 miles by supporting this cause to end Breast Cancer, I promise to find that finish line as I did in 2017. Please help by contributing as little or as much as you'd like, especially while I am out there running all day tomorrow and Sunday. Donations including "110" would be wonderful. $1.10, $11.10, $21.10, $31.10...$110 :).
Thank you again for considering. All proceeds from this event go 100% to Breast Cancer research, treatments and finding a cure. We really need to end this battle for all the other Lucy's out there. In 2016 & 2017 combined, I was able to raise close to $2000 with your generous support that I greatly appreciated!
BENEFITING: The DONNA Foundation
EVENT: 2019 DONNA Marathon Weekend
EVENT DATE: FEB 9, 2019 7:30am for the Ultramarathon
My original post on 110 for Lucy in 2017:
110 for Lucy:
That's 55 miles from me and another 55 from Lucy since I sure can't run 110 miles on my own with my injury set backs I've had this past year. So, it has to come from a higher power and Lucy will help me from above to pull it off beautifully. In fact, everything about her was beautiful. I just wish she could have had the opportunity to finish the second half of her beautiful life down here with her family.
Her time on earth ended on Mother's Day, just 9 months ago. She left behind two young sons and a husband, who have since learned to find strength they never knew they had. She was diagnosed at a young 40, with very young boys at home.
Lucy was amazing. Insanely HAPPY and the most optimistic person I've ever met. She was my sidekick and I was her's for several years of our young, fun, partying life back in D.C. and the infamous (to us, at least) Dewey Beach.
I knew her through the corporate world at Xerox, but really knew her from years of DC, beach, and vacation fun. I even talked her into whitewater rafting and skiing on two rare occasions, not at all her thing, but she had a blast both times.
Lucy was six years younger than me and way more responsible, but always a load of fun. We hung out often, but when she moved to Boston, I regretfully lost touch with her. A few years later, a mutual friend messaged me that she had breast cancer and was back in DC. I tried to contact her through Facebook, but we never connected. I didn't know her cancer was advanced and knowing how strong she is, assumed without a doubt she'll get through it like so many do. But she didn't. I didn't learn more until I received another message from Paul on Mother's Day that she had passed away that very morning.
Lucy was diagnosed in 2010. It returned in 2013. She fought it hard, became very active with BeyondBoobs in DC and became their June 2015 Calendar girl and a great role model for others fighting cancer. (http://www.beyondboobs.org/2014/08/whos-that-girl-meet-lucy-2015-calendar-girl/).
Unfortunately, she again found herself battling round # 3 just 2 years later. This was 3 times in less than 6 years and on this third time she now continues her fight from above.
It was too late for me to say goodbye in person, but it's never too late to pay tribute to her amazing life. So, 3 months ago I decided my tribute to Lucy would be something beyond my ability, something to help me understand the challenges and suffering she faced no doubt more gracefully than I could ever imagine.
My tribute to Lucy is to run 110 miles this weekend in the National Breast Cancer Ultra marathon There will by only 20 of us running the ultra distance. And while I've run over 40 marathons and Ultras, this one is 38 miles longer than I've ever gone. And I have been dealing with a painful foot neuroma, torn disk and hamstring injury that adds to the challenge and appropriately, the suffering that I am destined to face.
If you can help me run 110 miles by supporting this cause to end Breast Cancer I promise to do my best to find that finish line. I can think of no better way than donating to one of the greatest breast cancer research hospitals in the world. Right here, just a mile from my home, The Mayo Clinic of Jacksonville.
All proceeds from this event go 100% to Breast Cancer Research, treatments and finding a cure. So, please if you can, donate as much or as little as you can afford.
We really need to end this battle for all the other Lucy's out there. And generous me, I am giving just 3 days notice to raise $1000.00. Please help. I could really use your support, both with the ultra and raising another $950 to help end this disease. Your money will not be wasted with this great organization.
Thank you and think of Lucy and all your loved ones who need their best shot at a long and healthy life.