Completing a half marathon is on my bucket list. I enjoy running and have done many 5k and 10k races - but, I've always been afraid to commit to anything longer.
One of the reasons exercise and health are an important part of my life is because of my dad. Growing up, I remember him always being fully dedicated to whatever exercise program he was doing at the time - whether it be rowing, or the cross-country ski machine, or jumping rope or strength training. He would come home from a long day at work - including an hour commute - and go down to our basement and get his workout in. His example showed me how important it is to make your health a priority and continues to motivate me now that I am a busy mom with
long work days and a long commute.
Several years ago, my mom called me on my way home from work to let me know that my dad had been officially diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. I had noticed some changes in my dad, but still wasn't prepared for the diagnosis that made it "real". Despite being upset by the news, I remember telling my mom in that moment that I knew Dad was going to be fine. Of anyone who has received or could receive the same diagnosis, I knew my dad would be the one to give everything he had to fighting the disease - and that's exactly what he's done.
Even though his disease has progressed, I have yet to hear a single "I can't" or "It's too hard" from my dad. He still goes to the local rec center several times a week to exercise and takes regular walks outside when the weather is nice. He will walk across yards and yards of soccer fields in the sweltering heat to watch his grandkids play and never utters a single complaint.
I decided in early January that I wanted to do something this year to raise money to support my dad and the Parkinson's Foundation. I began to research and quickly found the Colfax Marathon Parkinson's Champions. I knew this was it - my year to finally complete a half marathon and my opportunity to show my dad how he has taught me over and over again that nothing is too hard if you give it your all.
On May 20, 2018, I will be running the Colfax Half Marathon to raise money to support the Parkinson's Foundation. Please donate to support me, my dad and to help find a cure for Parkinson's Disease.
The Parkinson's Foundation makes life better for people with Parkinson’s disease by improving care and advancing research toward a cure. In everything we do, we build on the energy, experience and passion of our global Parkinson's community.
Studies show that 2.5 hours of weekly exercise, like running, can significantly improve quality of life for people living with Parkinson's. We run and will continue to run for people with Parkinson's because this disease is a marathon, not a sprint.