Ok, I admit, before January 31st of this year, I didn’t think a lot about exercise. On that day I put one foot in front of the other and started running. Two miles became eight, then 12 then 15 and finally 26.2 as I finished the San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon in June. The coaches and mentors with the Leukemia Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program provided the preparation and encouragement needed to complete this objective.
To be honest, before that first two mile run, blood cancers were about as top of mind as exercise. On February 1st of this year, my high school friend Pete had his first chemo treatment for multiple myelomas. After a very grueling time, he was declared in “remission”. Pete was one of my motivations to train and run the marathon. The marathon training and long runs continue to be an easy way to lift up Pete and his family in prayer.
Thankfully, Pete is still in remission.
Coming up on October 17th I’ll run the Denver Rock and Roll Half Marathon in celebration of Pete’s continued positive impact on our community. On October 24th it will be the Day of the Tread Half Marathon that I’ll run in honor of Neil Weaver, who fell victim to multiple myelomas several years ago. Neil made a great impact on the Albuquerque community as a father, businessman and friend. His son-in-law Ben, will also be participating in a Day of the Tread cycling event.
If you’d like to help fund a cure for blood cancers, here is the link: http://bit.ly/97O1ri
But, wait! There is more!
A team from The Garrity Group will be running in the Denver Rock and Roll Marathon Relay! I am proud of our team and this tremendous undertaking to raise awareness and funds to find a cure to beat blood cancers. They are putting others ahead of themselves by raising awareness to fund a cure for Blood cancers. Here is their link:
So like Forrest Gump, we run.