My name is Jackson Lowry. I joined the Isabella Santos Foundation Dream Team when I was 12 years old. I trained with a wonderful group of people, and I accomplished my goal of running a half marathon in November 2016. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life, and I wrote about it in school this year. If you have time, please read my story below. And please consider supporting me this year as I train and run again for Isabella.
- Jackson Lowry
This I Believe Essay
I believe that if you put your heart into something that you can do it. Some may not agree with me, but I know it is true. I have personally experienced a major achievement in my life, so I know it can be done. If life throws you a curveball, then there is always another way around it. I wanted to achieve something but life threw me a curveball. On November 3rd, 2015, I was admitted to the hospital and diagnosed with type one diabetes. This would not affect my determination to achieve my goal.
It was in November of 2015 and my mom was too exhausted to run her half-marathon because she was taking care of me. So a couple of days later, her friend Erin Santos reached out to her and asked my mom if she still had that original race bib. My mom still had the race bib and Erin asked if she could run for her. My mom said yes so the race bib would not go to waste.
The morning of the race, Erin Santos posted a picture on Facebook. That picture was (her daughter that died of neuroblastoma) Isabella written on one arm and Jackson on the other. That is what made my mom start to cry. After her tears, she was all into supporting that foundation and running for Isabella. She was not the only one that would run for Isabella. One day, I went to my mom and asked her if I was too young to run a half marathon. She didn’t know but I knew I couldn’t just show up at the race and run. I knew that I had to train, and the best way to do that was to join the Isabella Santos Dream Team (a running group through the foundation).
In July of 2016, I started the training. I thought that this was the worst time to start training because of the scorching heat. I still knew, and my mom also knew, that 13.1 miles is a long distance. I was so excited once we started training, and could not wait until race day came around. My mom on the other hand was worried about me and handling it with my diabetes. That thought never crossed my mind once when we were training. All I could think about was me crossing that finish line with the crowd all around and to see my family there to support me.
The day finally came around, November 12, 2016, the day of the half marathon. My body was shaking in fear and excitement at the same time. When I was getting ready to start I was super nervous. I thought that I had to be better than how I normally run because when I looked around there was not another kid in sight. That all went away once I started running. I was feeling great once I got into my groove. I think it was all the adrenaline from all the people cheering which made me forget about all the pain I was in and made it feel like I was running on a cloud. For the whole race I paced myself until we hit around mile 10, and at that moment I ran like it was the last race I would ever run. That moment when I crossed the finish line felt like one of the best moments in my life.
Running this race made me believe that if you put your heart to something that you can do it. At the age of 12, running that half marathon changed my life. This made me feel that nothing is impossible, at any age, if you commit to it. This doesn’t just impact me with my races. This helps in everyday life. If you put your heart to school work then you will do good in that, and if you put your heart to sports then you will do good in that. That is why I believe that if you put your heart to something then you can do it.