Welcome and thank you for coming to my page! It is with great gratitude and love that I will be running the 2019 Chicago Marathon, on October 13, 2019 for the American Heart Association. I will be running Chicago in the memory of many amazing people, as I recognize a few below:
Joseph Conti was the amazing husband and father to his wife and four children. My dear friend Shane, being the oldest always speaks so highly of his father and although I only met him once, it is evident how much of a great family man he was. He loved his family dearly and was the glue that kept the family a constant. I met Joe at one of Shane's baseball games over the summer, he loved watching him play. By the smile on his face while talking about his son, you could see how proud he always was of Shane in all that he does. Shane's father had a quote that Shane now lives by "Doing Good Has No End", a quote that will be the highlight of this fundraising journey to Chicago. I can only hope I hold those words true through the streets of Chicago with a smile on my face.
Annie (Nonnie) Merchant, my father's grandmother taught him right from wrong and her love was unconditional. She was frugal and could make something come to life out of nothing. With Nonnie's American Heritage, her love for the earth was strong. Through this, she taught my father how to garden and appreciate the outdoors. She was a strong soul that was the nurterer of the family and one that did not have much; but she fulfilled all lives with her heart and love. As I run through Chicago, I will remember the teachings my father has taught me through Nonnie and her spirit will be with me all 26.2 miles
Janet Merchant, my grandmother and my father's mother was a strong woman who raised four children the best she could on her own while her husband was on the raod majority of the time as a truck driver. She did the very best she could by being there for all. A honor I will cherish during the 26.2.
Tim Flickinger, my dear friend Scott's father. Scott is so similiar to his father, except for the length of his father's hair. Scott's father always wanted to make sure their family had all the clothes, food, and toys that we needed, so he worked many many hours per week, in which he wanted to do. He was someone who always helped people, and made sure that he always made a point to treat people with dignity and respect, no matter what their "status" was. The flickinger family lost their father due to a massive coronary failure in 1997. He is missed every single day. He was such a bright man who had a wonderful gregarious personality. One thing I will take with me as I run Chicago is a quote that Flick shared with me: "The biggest things I ever learned from him was that you have to keep working to get what you need, and that no matter who or what, helping people... even with something menial... means a lot".
I know there are many more amazing people in this world that have been effected by heart disease in some capacity. Please know, all funds will go to research, in hopes one day we do not have to say good bye to people so soon in our lives.
I am honored to have this opportunity to celebrate the lives of not only the ones above, but many more. Lets celebrate together as life is so precious, no time like the present, and always have a smile on that face of yours, as "doing good has no end" in this world <3