In 2015 I had the opportunity to run the Chicago Marathon - and up until that point, it was the toughest 4 hours of my life. Fast track to 2017 when my mother faced a 6 hour open heart surgery to repair a Bicusp Aortic valve defect she was born with. I had long assumed running 26.2 miles would be the hardest thing I've ever endure but little did I know that watching my mom go through this surgery was 1 million times more painful.
Her strength and optimism is what got me through my training and yet, even on her surgery day she more positive and optimistic than I could even dream of being.
The fabulous news is my mom is better than ever with a “fresh and new” heart, ready to last her lifetime.
This year I did not win the marathon lottery but like my mom has always showed me, I will turn lemons into lemonade and I will be running on behalf of my incredible mother and running for charity.
I’m asking for help with my $1500 minimum fundraising goal which will allow me to alongside my dear friend and lucky lottery winner, Kristen Golden, in October 2018.
Your donation is tax deductible and 100% goes to the amazing charity, The American Heart Association – Every 40 seconds an American will have a heart attack and through your donation, you will support such life-saving efforts as critical research, education and patient services.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you for supporting me, my mother, my marathon dreams and The American Heart Association. I am forever indebted to each of you.