Jennifer Kirschstein, Team MARYN
On August 3rd to the 4th, I will attempt to run one mile every hour for 24 hours straight in the Anytime Fitness 24 in 24.
My Why: I have run several races for many years, and it was previously just for the accomplishment and feeling of gratification. It was not until this past year, after having my daughter, that I realize she will look up to me one day. My Why is not only my daughter, but these 24 in 24 challenge kids. This is all for them! Sometimes we take for granted the things we can do in our lives that others may never get the opportunity to do.
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.
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