My mom, Sue Griffin, was diagnosed with breast cancer in late 2016. She endured six months of chemo followed by a mastectomy, and she enjoyed a clean bill of health from mid-2017 until the fall of 2018. During that year of good health, she and my dad were able to travel, garden, and take walks together, and she resumed her normal routine of caring for others through faithful work with her church community. Unfortunately, in the fall of 2018, the cancer metastasized, and my mom's health began to decline.
When we went home for the holidays in 2018, my mom told me that she didn't think she would see another Christmas, and she was right. The cancer claimed her life, but not her legacy, in May 2019.
My mom was one of the most selfless people I've ever known. She supported many charities and good works, and inevitably when my dad suggested an amount for a donation, my mom would counter by saying, "I was thinking it should be a little bit more."
My dad has run over two dozen marathons in his life, including the Marine Corps Marathon when he turned 70. At 48, I have a mere 3 marathons under my belt, but I'm training for #4. The Ventura Marathon in Ventura, CA, is October 20. October also happens to be Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Rather than just run for the sake of adding another finisher's medal to my wall, I've decided to run for mom and for Breast Cancer Research and Support through the American Cancer Society.
I ask you to support my fundraising efforts with a donation of any size as I push toward a goal of $2500.00. Thanks for supporting "26.2 for Sue."