I will be running my first marathon on October 11th, 2020. I am excited to be running my first 26.2 mile race on behalf of the Parkinson's Foundation, an organization that supports a cause that is near and dear to my heart...
Parkinson’s Disease reduces the number of neurons in the brain responsible for producing dopamine, which plays a major role in motor coordination and memory. It is a progressive disease, which means it can start with something as small as a tremor and eventually lead to things like the loss of autonomic movements (blinking, smiling) and the ability to chew/swallow food. More than ten million people worldwide currently live with the disease, including my father.
My dad has always been an incredible athlete. He was a swimmer in college and has competed in (and oftentimes won) numerous running races and triathlons. I too was an athlete growing up, though I never actually went for a run (by choice) until the summer after my first year of college. It was that summer that I decided to join my dad on some of his nightly trail runs around our neighborhood. While he didn’t slow down for me, I still cherished that time I spent with him.
My dad’s love and commitment to running eventually rubbed off on me, it is now me who is doing the races and triathlons. This race, my first full marathon, is one tiny way I hope to show my support for my dad - the man who taught me what a privilege it is to be able to run.
Join me in supporting the Parkinson's Foundation, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with Parkinson's disease by improving care and advancing research towards a cure.