In December of last year I decided I was going to run the Newport Marathon to support the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress (MDSC). I would run to honor, not just our son Cole, but all people with Down syndrome.
It was perfect; I would have months to train and felt confident I would finish this marathon. I was deadset on this as in 2013 I was stopped short in Boston because of the senseless tragedy at the finishline and again in 2014 when I took a ride from Mile 22 to the hospital due to Hypothermia.
Running Newport would first and foremost allow me to fundraise for an incredibly supportive organization (MDSC) and at the same time allow me to pool my energy into a positive cause after a tough few years for Cole.
So why the radio silence since this decision was made in December? As it turns out, my heart and soul can crush 26.2 miles but my hip, that has fought me since 2013, has other ideas!
The training over the past few months has definitely made me question as to whether I could run 26.2 in October (hence the radio silence), but how do you back out from something that has the potential to change lives?
I can guarentee that those miles will be challenging. I can guarentee that I will struggle, but I will be running for a reason (Cole 💙) and that reason has never allowed me to waiver before. Cole faces challenges, sometimes daily, and I’ve never once seen him give up.....so how can I?
Regardless of the outcome on October 7th I will run whole heartedly with the motivation that those miles will have an impact in the lives of people with Down syndrome.
The money raised will directly support the numerous programs at the MDSC, all of which work to advocate for and better the lives of people with Down syndrome. Not second fiddle to that is the awareness created that people with Down syndrome can and do lead incredibly fulfilling lives. Undoubtedly, this is an outcome just as important as the funds raised.
You have all been beyond supportive of Run4Cole over the years. I cannot thank you enough for that support, it has meant the world to us! I hope you will consider making a (tax-deductible) donation to the MDSC in honor of all the wonderful people, who just happen to have Down syndrome.