I am excited for the opportunity to be running on Team Eye and Ear at the 2020 Boston Marathon and raise money for Massachusetts Eye and Ear, to support the hospital’s exceptional clinical care and ground-breaking research. My parents and my 8 year old nephew have received excellent care at their facility. Growing up wearing glasses and contacts at a very young age, I am extremely passionate about this cause!
As some of you may know, I am a swimmer with a running problem. I began competitively swimming at the age of seven, and was recruited to swim at the U.S. Naval Academy. I found out quickly in Plebe Summer, the military loves to run and struggled to keep up. Later, I was service selected as a Special Operations Officer and attended Navy Dive School, thinking I could use my swimming skills. However, my instructors would say, “We don’t swim on the bottom, we run on the bottom.” So my running abilities were challenged again. After accomplishing a few half marathons, my husband and I registered for the Marine Corps Marathon in 2001. A couple weeks before the event, our nation endured the unforgettable tragedy on 9/11. Race Directors considered cancelling the run, but did not, and we finished our first marathon at one of the most emotional and patriotic events of our lives.
I have completed twelve marathons, including two that were part of Ironman triathlons. I am currently training for the Disney Marathon on January 12, 2020, to prepare for the Boston Marathon taking place on April 20, 2020. Inspired by many, I am running in honor of my parents, who have encouraged and supported me through all my endeavors. Second, I am running for all the participants of my group exercise classes and Rock Steady Boxing with Parkinson’s Disease, who show up every day willing to give it their all. And lastly, in honor of my daughter, who like me, is now beginning to have vision impairments. However, we are hopeful for her future thanks to the dedicated medical professionals at hospitals like Massachusetts Eye and Ear.
And for those who don’t know me, I am a physical therapist working for Sarasota Memorial Hospital. In addition, I am a personal trainer, teach group exercise classes, and teach adult swim lessons. My husband and I are celebrating our 20th anniversary this year and we have two children and a Doberman puppy. Thank you for any contribution you can make to helping me reach my goal to provide Massachusetts Eye and Ear the resources to continue giving others their best life!
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