On March 13 my Mother Zaida Farnham had a stroke. Disoriented she drove to the next town, through the mountains, something she had never done before. As she was driving through town, she pulled over to the side of the road - perhaps due to another smaller stroke. She rested and began driving again. A police officer spotted her and pulled her over. He could see her confusion and quickly called the paramedics. They took her to the local hospital, a short distance away. As they were conducting exams they did a scan that included her chest. When reviewing the scan they saw noticed a tumor in her chest. She was quickly taken to another hospital where they were able to conduct more testing on the stroke as well as the tumor. Results came back - malignant. Since then she has undergone chemotherapy, and radiation. We wait to find out if the therapy has been successful and fight to get her back to that feisty, intelligent, beautiful woman that I have loved all my life. The journey has not been easy. Each day brings a new challenge filled with all sorts of emotions for me as I dwell upon the past. Sometimes she does not remember who I am. And these are the hardest days for me. We didn't always share the same opinions but neither one of us ever relinquished the deep love and respect we have for each other. I suffered another blow around the same time as I learned that another one of my family member had cancer again.The colon cancer that was eradicated in 2018 was back and it had metatisized. Undergoing chemo and radiation at the same time as Mom. In September and October he will undergo surgery and we can't be there. Two of the people that I love the most in the world beset by this cruel, insidous disease. This virtual marathon is for them and all those that have or are going through this journey - patients, caregivers, families and friends. The proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. Each step that I take will be for them. Due to the Covid - I will not have any runners with me. I am in the last phase of training - long runs now - my 20 mile days have been slightly out of my reach - ironically. So, my intent, with my limitations - heat and multiple sclerosis - is to attain the 20 miles, symbolic of 2020. For this year has affected each and everyone of us in a way that we will never forget or be the ever be the same. My Run will be on 9/11/2020.