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Running the New York City Marathon has been a running goal of mine for a while. I haven't felt compelled to fundraise in years past for an entry into the NYC Marathon, but this year is different for me.
My Mom, Stephanie, was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer in Nov 2016. She fought the disease bravely. She lost her battle to the disease on May 21, 2018. I am thankful to have had the 1.5 years with her -- I think we made the best of her time and I'm thankful to her oncologist for making sure she felt well enough for a good portion of that time; I was able to take her on a mother-son trip to Europe in April 2017 -- by far one of the things I look most fondly on as coming out of her diagnosis.
I wrote about my experience on Twitter, and wanted to share it with you:
I've been a distance runner for many years, and thought of my Mom throughout the San Francisco Marathon I completed last July:
I want to do something positive as a result of what my Mom went through, so I am fundraising for the GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer. I'd like to help prevent other families from going through what my Mom and my family faced, and I'm proud to be fundraising so that more work can be done to help people diagnosed with lung cancer continue living happy, productive lives. You can learn more about this experience here:
Take care and thank you for your support,