I AM RUNNING IN THE 2018 TCS NYC MARATHON IN HONOR OF MY MOTHER, PAULINE. Here's why . . .
My 82-year old mother fell this past New Year's Day. She broke her hip, had emergency surgery, and went to rehab. In the last nine months she has been to the hospital due to falls ten times. Each visit to the ER and stay in the hospital has made her weaker, and less able to care for herself, to the point where she can't even walk without help from another person. The last fall, just a few weeks ago, resulted in broken ribs, fractured vertebrae, and severe internal bleeding, which almost took her life. My mother has pulled through once again, but her life--and the lives of those who love her--will never be the same. She can no longer live at home, and must depend on others for just about everything. As a result of not being able to move as much, she's developed pneumonia several times.
My mom has osteoporosis.
I am proud to serve as Bone Health Ambassador and a trustee of the National Osteoporosis Foundation, which works hard to educate men and women on the importance of bone health throughout our lives, sharing science-backed information on keeping bones and muscles strong, especially as we age, and crucial tips on fall prevention. NOF also encourages Americans to get tested (Bone Density Test), especially if a post-menopausal woman over 50 falls and fractures a bone. We encourage everyone to exercise and eat the right foods to keep bones strong, starting at a young age, and running is one of the best ways to keep bones dense.
For the first time, NOF is an Official Charity Partner of the TCS NYC Marathon and I was honored to be named Team Captain of the NOF #BeBoneStrong Team, which is comprised of women over 40.
My weekly training runs are getting longer and harder, culminating in a 30-mile training run in mid-October. While this will be my 5th NYC Marathon (all since turning 50), it never gets easier. But you can make it a lot more meaningful if you would consider supporting me and the #BeBoneStrong team. Please help NOF to get the message out to people of all ages: TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOUR BONES SO THEY CAN TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOU. Please help me stop osteoporosis. Visit www.NOF.org for more information on osteoporosis.
National Osteoporosis Foundation wrote:
Osteoporosis is a disease that makes your bones weak and easy to break. 10 Million Americans have osteoporosis. Running and walking help to build and maintain strong bones. You can help us prevent the 2 million broken bones caused by osteoporosis each year. Join our team! Help make America Bone Strong!