I never thought I would run another half-marathon. Really, the word “run” is giving me too much credit. Me running is half fast walking, half world’s slowest jog. I’ve decided to give it another go and regardless of my speed, I’ll be completing the 2020 New York City Half-Marathon on March 15th.
Running has never been easy for me, and I know this training process will be difficult. I’ll have good days and I’ll have bad days. But I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead and the reminder that this is about more than me. In the months leading up to race day, I’ll be fundraising for an organization that’s near to my heart: the V Foundation for Cancer Research. The V Foundation funds the BEST cancer research in the nation. Cancer still wins too many times. But the research IS working. Big breakthroughs are being made and there are more cancer survivors alive today than ever before. That means we are doing something right. Dollar-by-dollar, we are getting closer to achieving Jim Valvano’s dream of Victory Over Cancer®!
I have a quote from Jim Valvano’s famous 1993 ESPYs speech pinned to my bulletin board at work. It says, “There are 86,400 seconds in a day. It’s up to you to decide what to do with them.” It is a reminder to make the most of the time you are given. I’m going to be spending many seconds in the coming months preparing for the half-marathon, and I would like you to join me. Please give a few seconds, and a few dollars, and join me in the fight against cancer.
Thank you for your support and “Don’t Give Up . . . Don’t Ever Give Up!”®!
If someone you love is fighting or has succumbed to this dreaded disease, please let me know and I will run in their honor.
The V Foundation was founded by ESPN and award-winning NC State University basketball coach Jim Valvano. Coach Valvano was diagnosed with cancer in 1993. When he created the Foundation, Jim knew that it was too late for research to save him, but he spent his last months alive creating a legacy of hope for others diagnosed with this horrible disease. In the past 26 years, the V Foundation has awarded more than $250 million to cancer research and related programs nationwide.