I run this weekend, on May 6th. Chances are good that my “run” will involve a lot of walking but you know what? I’ll bet you don’t care about that at all. I know I don’t. I am simply thrilled that THANKS TO YOU, the goal was met. That together we raised$2,562.68 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. That the money is going towards finding a cure for those we love who fight this deadly disease, Cancer.
I can’t wait to run.
I can’t wait to be under those soaring, ancient Redwood Trees on the Avenue of the Giants. Can’t wait to feel propelled by love, as I know I will be.
I’m making two hearts to wear during my race on Sunday. One will have Oliver’s name and picture and will also have the names of everyone that you would like me to run in honor of. Tell me: who are those people? I will write their names in. Tell me who they are.
The other heart will be the names of all of you that have donated. I will wear that heart on my back as you literally had it, my back that is, through this all. It was extremely challenging for me to ask for donations. It felt every kind of off and just…awful – until of course I would remind myself that I wasn’t asking for money for myself; I was asking for money to be donated to help fight cancer and we are all tired of that beast. And that money that you donated might actually be going toward saving your own child’s life. Or your partner’s. Or your own.
Knowing that and continuing to ask are different things and it was a struggle sometimes. Every little bit that you gave had my eyes filling up with tears of gratitude – especially those of you that I know gave at sacrifice to yourself. Rather than buy yourself a book or a pair of shoes or something you needed, you gave to this cause and let me tell you: I will never forget it.
I hold you dear.
Two more children with Down syndrome from the virtual community of which I am a part have been diagnosed with leukemia since I started this. Another child went out of remission and has lost her fight; she passed away 2 weeks ago.
My heart aches. I know yours does too.
Tell me: who do you want me to run in honor of?