ALLAN KOWALCZYK, TEAM MARYN
This August 3rd - 4th I will be attempting to run one mile every hour for 24 consecutive hours in the Anytime Fitness 24 in 24 Challenge.
This is my second year being part of this life-changing event where I push my body harder than I ever have before for such a great cause. One of the main reasons on why I am doing this is because of my late sister Belinda. She was born with spina bifada and was never able to walk and was in and out of hospitals much of her life. I was young but I remember that there would be events for handicapped children that she would attend and it really made her smile from ear to ear. Belinda had no limits and would not let anyone tell her what she could or couldnt do because she was in a wheelchair. Complications from several surgeries including a brain aneurysm eventually took it's toll on her body. Belinda had no limits, and while I run for Maryn I will be thinking of my sister and her infectious smile to keep me going.
Maryn was born in March of 2013, looking surprisingly healthy for having been diagnosed in utero with rare congenital heart defects (Truncus Arteriosus, a VSD & an ASD). In the beginning of August 2013, Maryn was evaluated for a heart transplant, although it was determined she was not a candidate due to her 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome and her over 40 blood transfusions. On her 6-month birthday, her amazing medical team was able to successfully replace both valves and Maryn came home for the first time 218 days after she was born. Maryn is now 6 years old, she has overcome many obstacles and is currently thriving! She enjoys swimming, music, dancing, soccer, her iPad and most of all her brother.
Will you support my efforts and help me grant Maryn’s Big Wish?
Thanks to our sponsor, Monreal Srnick Funeral Home!