Wednesday, July 18, 2007
A lot of you probably don't know but since I ran my first half-marathon 4 years ago I have really wanted to run a marathon. Even before Kate's diagnosis I had decided that when I did a marathon I would run with Team In Training (TNT) and raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Last fall I sent away for information on the program and went to a meeting but then had second thoughts. I realized that training for a marathon while building a house wasn't realistic.
So, a month ago I decided to contact the society again and inquire about upcoming marathons. Two weeks ago I made a committment to run the Disney World Marathon on January 13th, 2008. While there were many other more exotic locations (Dublin, Hawaii, San Francisco, etc.) I thought that this would be a perfect destination for my children and a way for them to enjoying the experience. They are so excited for the race and hopefully my absence on Saturday mornings will be easier to take knowing that a trip to Disney World is at the end of it all.
For each marathon the team has a child dubbed their Team Hero. For people who haven't been touched by a person with a blood cancer this person serves as motivation, if you will. They will have met an actually person with the disease, who is fighting the cancer. TNT explained that when someone is running and hurts, is tired, or wants to quit the Team Hero is someone to think about and to give them strength to press on.
Well, this morning I got a call from the Leukemia and Lymphoma society in which they asked me if I would be willing to let Kate be our Team Hero. Tears sprang to my eyes while she was describing what Kate would mean to our team and how she will be such a big part of the event. Of course, I would have been thinking about her every mile of the race but it is going to be that much more meaningful, knowing that everyone of us is running for her and her fight against leukemia.
Click on this link if you are interested in learning more about TNT and their program.
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