BENEFITING: UPS FOR DOWNS NFP
ORGANIZER: UPS FOR DOWNS NFP
EVENT: 2015 Chicago Marathon
EVENT DATE: Oct 11, 2015
On October 11, I will run my 7th Chicago marathon for the Ups for DownS Katie MacDonald Literacy Project charity. The purpose of the Katie MacDonald Literacy Project is to unlock an individual’s potential by teaching the right techniques on how individuals with Down syndrome learn. The Project provides workshops for educators on the best methods to teach reading and math to individuals with Down syndrome; resource books for therapists, parents and physicians; training facilitators to support book clubs for individuals with Down syndrome and scholarships for students pursuing degrees in disability-related fields.
For those that have known me for a while, you know that I’ve said many, many times that this year will be my last marathon. It is not easy to find the time to train and, as I get older, it’s amazing how much of your body can hurt after multiple hours of training. As I’ve internally debated whether I should stop or run a lesser distance, for me, it seems like the easy way out. Individuals with Down syndrome cannot simply stop facing the obstacles they face. As such, I continue to run to raise additional funds for the Ups for DownS Katie MacDonald Literacy Project.
In many ways, training for the marathon enables me to relate to the challenges an individual with Down syndrome must face every day. I’ve learned that with repetition, a defined schedule and perseverance, difficult goals are achievable. I’ve learned that a task may take a little longer, and that is ok. I’ve learned that a daily routine may need to be adjusted for medical issues similarly to how I’ve had to adjust my training routine with my worn-out knee. And I’ve learned the importance of having the right support network, family and friends to root you through your challenges.
As you have so generously done in the past, I’d appreciate your sponsoring me so we can raise money for this charity, which will enable more opportunities and a better life for individuals with Down syndrome.