UPDATE 2: The 2012 New York City Marathon has been canceled. I am so proud of the tremendous efforts of the Gilda's Club team this year, and honored to have been part of this incredible group of people.
My fundraising page is active until December. I can't run the marathon but I can set a new goal. Please help me to raise $5000 for Gilda's Club and the tremendous work they do before my fundraising expires. Thank you, Team Gilda's Club, and thank you to my beautiful New York City.
UPDATE: So the marathon is on!
As an uptown New Yorker, I am very fortunate to live in an area that never lost power or sustained flooding in the wake of Sandy. But I care deeply about my neighbors in other parts of the city and in New Jersey.The devastation is our area is real and heartbreaking. I would have supported any decision by the city to postpone the marathon, but it's going forward and so I am going to run on November 4 with all the spirit & pride in my city that I have.
My name is Mary Elizabeth Williams. I'm a writer, New Yorker, mother, and until now, steady but unspectacular runner. In August of 2010, I was diagnosed with malignant melanoma and had 5cm of my scalp removed. A year later, I learned that the cancer had spread into my lung and bloodstream, and that I was Stage 4. That's when my family and I joined Gilda's Club.
Throughout my treatment -- and now as I enter the very happy realm of maintenance and being disease-free -- Gilda's has been a source of tremendous support for my family and me. Through its wellness groups, its children's programs, its vital, caring community, Gilda's services thousands of New Yorkers and their loved ones who are facing cancer. It's just what they do. And they do it all completely free of charge. I am incredibly grateful to Gilda's for their tireless efforts and the loving, warm environment they create.
Living with cancer isn't just about treatments and drugs and doctor appointments. It's about coping. It's about figuring out how to thrive. It's about having a place where you can feel safe and accepted. This is what Gilda's does, via its support groups, its classes, its lectures, and its many community efforts.
I am honored to support Gilda's Club NYC by running for it in the 2012 ING NYC marathon. My goal is $3,000. Please consider a donation in any amount to help this very, very special place continue servicing indiivduals with cancer, their children, their spouses, their parents, their friends.
Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support my fundraising efforts. Many thanks for your support -- and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!