This November I will embark on one of the most challenging endeavors of my life. I will be attempting to run the NYC Marathon. Everything about this endeavor is uncomfortable to me, I’ve never run a marathon before and quite frankly the distance of 26.2 miles scares me. The fact that I’ll be doing this among 33,000 other runners may comfort some, but for me the crowds and herds of people is terrifying.
This marathon is going to be run on pure inspiration from Ava Jean and support of those that I love. Ava Jean has taught me about bravery, perseverance and endurance, all of which I’ll need to get through this run. Doctors have told Darren and I that what Ava Jean is going to go through will seem like a marathon, since she will have years of MRI’s, CT Scans, blood draws, doctors’ appointments and of course surgeries. Ava Jean over the last 6 years and thorough it all has always managed to get up, brush herself off and move on. If she can take on her marathon with such bravery, surely I can do the same in her honor. Darren has also been very encouraging for me, when the opportunity was presented he said “Do it, don’t defer and don’t wait.” As he has said it’s an opportunity of a lifetime to accomplish what feels like an impossible feat and pay it forward to a wonderful charity. Through his marathons I know that the one he cherishes the most is Boston, it was his 1st but he also devoted himself to give back to an organization that did so much for others.
I’m going to run because kids with cancer can’t. I’m going to run because I want to give back to people and to a charity that has helped us. I’m going to run because if Ava Jean can go through another procedure I can definitely run for her.
I have always taught my girls to challenge themselves, go the extra mile. Ava Jean has showed us that is what she is always up to that challenge is her everyday medical battle and I’ve learned through her how to accept this Challenge. New York City here I come!!!