I am training for the Country Music Half Marathon in honor of my grandmother, Patricia Prince. Affectionately known by her grandchildren as "Nanny".
Words will never be able to do justice to what she means to me. Ever since I was born, her and I have had a special bond. I have so many fond memories from my childhood and beyond. From vacationing at Satellite Beach, Fl at the age of 3 and singing "We're off to see the Lizards" as we walked through the resort, to playing "Wizard of Oz" in the backyard (no, I have no idea what that game consisted of!). As I got older, we weathered the rocky, moody teenage years and only have come out of it stronger. Nanny, thanks for putting up with me through that :).
In September, my grandmother went into surgery to remove an ovarian cyst. The doctor was optimistic that it would be benign. That cyst was in fact benign, but during surgery they discovered cancer on the other ovary. During surgery, he removed as much cancer as he could. It was quite a shock for our family. But, I knew from the beginning that my grandmother is a fighter.
Nanny has been undergoing chemotherapy and is more than halfway through! I could not be more proud of her. She is fighting and her attitude is unbelievable. While she has human moments of fear, she is optimistic. She is hopeful. She believes. I saw her just a couple of weeks ago and was in awe of her strength.
Gilda's Club is a fantastic free support community for anyone affected by cancer. The support and resources they offer family, friends, and for those who have or have had cancer themselves is incredible. I knew that I wanted to run a race and raise money. I am so glad that Gilda's Club is giving me the opportunity to do that. They are providing support for my training every step of the way. I want to give back to the cause and run this race in honor of my grandmother.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention that my grandfather (Papa), Nanny's husband is a Prostate cancer survivor. I will also be running this race for him.
I know that many of you don't have a lot to give- you have to pay the bills and support yourselves and trust me, I understand! But any amount helps if you're able to give it. I really appreciate it! This money makes it possible for Gilda's Club to keep offering their free support to those affected by cancer.
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