Thank YOU for taking time out of your day to visit my fundraising page and for considering a donation to Team Boomer, as I run 26.2 miles to help fight Cystic Fibrosis.
Here's a little about me...and a little about why I'm crazy enough to run 26.2 miles through the streets of New York.
I was never an active kid and struggled with weight my entire life. In 2002, I joined Weight Watchers, and in 2009, after putting all my weight back on, a co worker and friend challenged me to run my first half-marathon. I successfully completed the Long Branch Half Marathon in May 2009...and found that I liked it. As I continued to work to maintain my weight...and finally have been able to do so since May 2011...I continued to run half marathons and even completed a Warrior Dash.
The problem is...when you enjoy running so much, people hear about it...and ask you to run more. So, when my cousins convinced me to run the NY Marathon for Team Boomer - Fighting Cystic Fibrosis, in a fit of insanity, I applied...and miraculously, got on the team.
Now, the reason I am excited to take on this challenge is because fighting Cystic Fibrosis has become a cause that I feel very strongly about. Why? I'll tell you.
A few days after he was born, my nephew Aidan was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. It is a respiratory/lung that will present a number of challenges through Aidan's life...At 7 years old, he has undergone more surgeries than I will ever have to endure in my lifetime, and he goes through a daily treatment of pills and port flushes and other things I don't understand just to make sure that he has lung function.
What stands out to me about Aidan isn't the fact that he has Cystic Fibrosis, it's the fact that he has such a zeal, vigor and enjoyment for life that I only wish I could imitate. Whenever I am at a family party, he is always the excited one, trying a new adventure, having fun...and sometimes even getting in a bit of trouble. He's living the life that every child should have, even though he knows that he has to work very hard and do things that other kids will never have to do so he can enjoy the life that he has.
He is truly an inspiration, and when Aidan's mother Megan said to me "You are running to save my son's life..." How could I possible say no!?
It is my hope that you will consider donating not only for Aidan, but for everyone who lives with Cystic Fibrosis.
I will be thinking of each and every one of you and your commitment to fighting Cystic Fibrosis when I want to stop, my legs are burning, and I just want to cry...because this isn't about me, but about creating a world where those with Cystic Fibrosis can live a life as long as everyone else.