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Dec 16, 2016
HELP ME RUN FOR A CURE!!!!
I believe that every one of us comes to a crossroad in our lives where we have the choice: do we give up or fight on. My crossroad came last year on November 10, 2015 when I was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. At that moment I had no idea what to think. I had a million things going through my mind. What was going to happen to me? What was next? Was I going to die? The doctors started talking about chemotherapy and the long process it was going to take. Then they told me the only thing that would save my life was a bone marrow transplant but finding a match could be difficult. I started chemotherapy the next day and the long fight began. It was a struggle. Some days I could not even move. The day I remember the most was the day after Christmas when my fever spiked to a 106.2. It was at that moment, I looked at my father and said, "If this is what it is going to be like, please just let me give up." But I didn't, because I couldn't. After several rounds of chemotherapy, transfusions after tranfusions, and bone marrow biopsy, after bone marrow biopsy, I received my second chance at life on March 2, 2016 when I received a bone marrow transplant from an unrelated donor and a person to this day that I have never met. For those of you that know me, running has always been a part of my life. Yet, what many of you do not know is, that running the Boston Marathon is the #1 thing on my bucket list but I never believed that it could happen. It was not until I found out that Team in Training, an organization with the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, was going to be running this years Boston Marathon on April 17, 2017. So I put in my application. Knowing there were only 60 spots on the team, I honestly did not think that I would be chosen, but someone once told me, you will never know unless you try. On November 10 of this year, I was doing the second thing I love to do most: golfing. I was on a golf course with a bunch of friends when my phone rang. I looked at the ID, and it said Massachusetts. I answered it, and instead of hearing, "You have Cancer," I heard, "You're running the Boston." In exactly one year, I went from having cancer, to being told I am going to be able to fulfill my dream.
Running the Boston Marathon with Team in Training is more than just accomplishing my bucket list dream. I am running the Boston for everyone who cannot. I am running for my grandmother who died of AML 5 years ago. I am running for all the patients suffering from blood cancers. I am runnning for the ones who escaped like myself but even more so, I am running for those who did not. It is their outcomes that remind us of the very reason why it is so important to run: to raise money, and to continue this fight against Leukemia and Lymphoma. Running is my escape from the world. When I run, everything goes away and for that entire time, I am free. I ask that on April 17, 2017, you give me and the amazing Team in Training athletes the opportunity to run for hope, to run for a cure, but most of all, to run and become Boston Strong. Combined, we have a goal of almost $1,000,000. That is enough to fund an entire research grant for leukemia/lymphoma awareness. Please, help us run for a cure.