A few years back I saw the Chicago Marathon on tv and knew one day I would like to be part of this race. Well the time has come and Morgan will be joining me!
I will be running next October for Project Purple in honor of my brother in- law Frank Talbot with whom I shared a love of baseball. A retired Federal Judge and Vietnam Veteran, Frank lost his battle to pancreatic cancer on July 26, 2010 leaving behind my sister in-law Jane, four children and five grandchildren.
Ironically my running journey began with my niece Bridget, Frank's daughter, back in 2013 when she invited Morgan to run the Disney Princess Half Marathon with her. Morgan was on the Notre Dame Fairfield XC team at the time. Never the athlete in my family, despite having 2 younger brothers who were ND XC state champs, I decided if Morgan was going to Disney I would too and run the 5k. So I downloaded the Couch25K app and hit the streets. Figuring this was a one and done off to Disney we went where I completed my first ever race at 52 years old. Crossing that finish line was so amazing I wanted to do it again.
Since then I have run countless 5ks, 10ks, half marathons and one marathon with my brother in honor of our Mom. I have made so many new friends through running. Sharing this love with Bridget and Morgan is truly a gift.
When deciding on a charity I knew that I wanted to do one that had meaning. Frank, or Ga-Ga, as he was known to his grandchildren was a given but I likewise watched a friend of mine and former colleague Jane Flynn lose not one, but both of her parents to this awful cancer. I would also be remiss in not mentioning my Mom, who was a huge Jeopardy fan and how she would be fighting for Alex Trebek. Last but not least I was delighted to learn that Project Purple is not only a local Connecticut based charity, but its founder Dino Verrelli is a fellow ND Lancer.
Project Purple has a mission of a world without pancreatic cancer and their runners help get them one step closer with every stride.
Pancreatic cancer will become the #2 killer of all major cancers in the USA by 2020 and they need your help to fund more research and help more families fighting.
Thank you for taking the time to read my story. Next year I will be turning 60. I can think of no greater gift than running this awesome race and experiencing it with my daughter in honor of her uncle and my BIL.