For the past five years, my mom and I have run a half marathon together. Always at least one per year, and always together. This year, we decided to up the ante and run a full marathon together - the New York City Marathon!
I'm incredibly excited to run with her, and also incredibly grateful that this is something that we can do together.
Last December, our family lost my father-in-law, Cos Rappoccio, to cancer. He was a very special person - he cheered on Dave and I in our every endeavor. When I decided to quit my job and go back to school, he was one of the first people to text me in support (I still look at that text when I'm having a rough week). When I ran NYC for the first time two years ago, he made a sign to cheer me on.
Cancer is a horrible disease, and each of us has been touched by cancer in one way or another. Whether it's losing a parent, a close friend, a loved one.
The American Cancer Society is a huge advocate for cancer research. They've:
- Invested more than $4.6 billion in research
- Funded 755 grants to 180 research institutions and universities
- Provided more than 340,000 rides to treatment appointments and 452,000 nights of free or reduced lodging, to help support cancer patients through financial struggle.
I'm lucky enough run the New York City Marathon with my mom this year. I also want to give back in memory of my dad-in-law and help other people who are still dealing with this disease.
Please help me to raise money to fund research to combat cancer. Every little bit helps!