On April 20, 2020 I will be completing the hardest physical task I have set myself; running the Boston Marathon. Running does not come easily to me but when I run, I prove to myself that with dedication and persistence I can succeed at whatever I set my mind to.
I am a recovering alcoholic and addict; I began my journey towards sobriety on April 28, 2016 in the hopes to better myself - mentally, physically and spiritually. I began running as a means to focus on myself and aid me in the challenges of remaining clean and sober over the past three and a half years. One of the biggest challenges to my sobriety was watching my best friend and father suffer for years through three bouts of throat and mouth cancer to which he succumbed to in December 2018.
My hope and wish is that by completing the Boston Marathon it may inspire even one person to show their generosity to others. Or inspire a person who lacks confidence in himself to say “I can do whatever I set my mind to” if I remain steadfast in my dedication and commitment. My ultimate goal is to spread kindness.
Instead of lying down in defeat by the loss of my father and my addiction, I have decided to fight with every God-given resource I have. Hard work and dedication was the mantra my father lived by. I know my Dad would be amazed and proud to see me run and achieve this goal. That being said, all proceeds of my fundraising efforts will be donated to Lahey Hospital and Medical Center (LHMC) Sophia Gordon Cancer Center to help research and fight against cancer.
I have always dreamed of doing things that may inspire others. I ask for your generous contribution, no matter how small to aid me in my quest.
Thank you for taking the time to read my story.