I am the mother of a winged warrior, yet I carry my child wherever I go.
From his first breath on his earth to his very last, Thomas waged a war below the surface. Cancer is a relentless foe that never broke his spirit, though it took him from us after just 2 years, 4 months, and 2 days. I race with the Ironman for Anna team because it gives me focus, it gives me purpose, and it gives back to a foundation that was there for us when we needed it the most.
When I signed up for the CDA half Ironman in 2019, originally it was something that represented a victory. The race would mark a year out from Thomas’s lifesaving CAR-T Therapy summer 2018 and was almost a year out from his bone marrow transplant, which would allow us to relax a little bit. Crossing the finish line was to be a celebration of how far we had come together. As it was in 2019, every inch of the 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and 13.1 mile run that I do this summer in Texas will be done in honor him and how strong he was.
I will continue to keep fighting in honor of him and for those that are like him, as well as for their families. Because of the Anna Schindler Foundation, our family was able to stay together in times of crises, as well as during periods of hope. We were provided with food and meal support, coffee cards, and with lodging-but above all else, we were provided with a constant stream of love and support. We will be forever thankful for this foundation.
I am honored to be a part of the Ironman for Anna Team. If you are able, please send your support. Keep moving forward, lift others up, and never quit the fight - there is always work to be done.