I've been a runner for a long time, but this is my first attempt at running a full marathon. I couldn't be more excited and honored to have the opportunity to run the 2018 Chicago Marathon with Every Mothers Counts.
I consider myself one of the lucky ones to have survived the life-threatening complications that occured after Aiden was born. Not every mother is so lucky.
2018 has been a year of rebirth for me -- re-committing myself to the physical challenges of running as a way to overcome the heartache of finally accepting that I'll never carry another pregnancy again.
It couldn't be more fitting that the year I chose to take on such a challenge, I found an organization to help me through that is helping countless other mothers from around the world to get the maternal care they all so desperatley need and deserve.
EVERY MOTHER COUNTS IS RUNNING THE 2018 CHICAGO MARATHON TO RAISE AWARENSS AND FUNDS TO SUPPORT MATERNAL HEALTH AROUND THE WORLD. Hundreds of thousands of women die during pregnancy and childbirth each year. That's 800 women every day. The good news is that up to 98% of these deaths can be prevented. Every Mother Counts is a non-profit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother.
Distance is often the biggest barrier to a woman and her family getting the care they need. That's why I am training to run 26.2 miles -- the longest distance I have ever attempted -- so that others don't have to.
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