On December 23, 2015 my life changed. My dear friend and co-worker Amanda was hit by a car while training for the Boston Marathon. Running Boston was on her bucket list. She wanted me to run with her to raise money for the hospital but being the stubborn person that I am I told her that I wasn’t running it until I qualified for it. So she decided to run on our hospital team, knowing she had to raise $7500 for our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. It is hard to put into words how many people that Amanda touched in her 32 years of life. She was a beautiful person, both inside and out. We worked together as nurses in Labor and Delivery. She was an incredible nurse, frequently caring for those patients who had experienced losses or who were difficult to care for. She never shied away from a challenge whether it be in nursing or in life. Ours was an unlikely friendship as I am old enough to be her mother, but we shared the bond of running and our love of all things Disney. We traveled together to Disney World and Disneyland, running marathons, 1/2 marathons, 5K’s and 10K’s. She ran to have fun, I ran to compete. She was frequently in the last corral while I was in the first or 2nd corral. She always encouraged me to start the race with my pace group, telling me to just go for it and run fast. My daughters ran with us and they all became friends/sisters. I joked that she was my favorite daughter!
2020 marks 5 years since Amanda has passed away. We ran Dopey together the first year that it was announced. I have been looking for the opportunity to run it again and found this amazing organization that raises funds for cancer research. I will run Dopey in January in memory of my dear friend and to raise awareness for cancer research, a cause near and dear to my heart as both my Nana and my Dad passed away from cancer. Please consider a donation to this incredible organization.