On October 7, I will run 26.2 miles in The Chicago Marathon. I am running this race on the Run with Heart Team and will be raising money for The American Heart Association. By helping me fundraise for this organization, your donation will support such life-saving efforts as research, education, advocating for better health, improving patient care and reaching populations at risk.
My Grandpa Ed, Dad, and brother Mike have all had heart issues. It is for them, but also for so many others, that led me to choose The American Heart Association team. I think about those poor toddlers with near-drowning, who are saved by CPR. Or those high school athletes with sudden cardiac arrest on the playing field, who are saved because someone has learned to use the AED. AHA is not just working to lower the incidence of heart attacks and strokes (though that is important!), they work to educate the masses on healthy living and LIFE-SAVING SKILLS to keep our loved ones safe... and ALIVE!
I run for many reasons. Let’s be honest, I run so that I can fit in those tight jeans, I run to counteract that bowl of ice cream, and I run so I can get the free t-shirt. However, after feeling the effects of two pregnancies and my mid-30s on my body, I now run to feel better. I run to sweat out my toxins, to strengthen my muscles, to condition my heart, and to breathe fresh air. I run to be a role model for my patients and my kids. I run so that I can be healthy enough to watch my Owen & Emma grow up and someday have children of their own. I'n not asking you to run with me, or even travel to cheer me on. I'm just asking for a few dollars to help me support this great cause!
Any amount helps! I'll judge you way more for NOT donating than I will for just a small donation =)
Thank you for your contribution. I heart you.