Thank you for taking the time to read my story. This is something that I hold close to my heart and I am so happy that I can share it with you all!
First of all, let me tell you WHY I am running 26.2 miles: I lost my beautiful mom, Mary, on Christmas Eve of 2018. It was sudden and it was devastating. I decided that I needed to do something to bring awareness to this terrible cancer that took her away from us way too soon. So, I have decided to run my first marathon in her honor while raising much needed money for the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation. This cancer is so rare and so sudden that my mom sadly passed away 3 weeks after diagnosis. She fought so hard those 3 weeks but she had no fighting chance. My once healthy and spunky mom was taken from us so quickly. We barely had time to even process what was happening. It was an experience I hope that no one else has to ever go through. With this being said, running has truly saved my life. It has helped me find a purpose in life without my mom and my best friend. It has also helped me fight for her. As I raise money and prepare for this run, I hope that I am able to inspire others. I hope that everyone can find a way to move forward after an unimaginable loss. Here's to moving forward and finding happiness despite terrible tragedy. I hope that you are all able to follow my journey and I am able to bring hope to others.
Now, let me tell you about my beautiful mom. She was an incredible woman and when she was taken from us the world lost a beautiful soul. She was the one person who knew me better than I knew myself and the person that I could call when I just didn’t know what to do. She was the person that was not only in my circle, but always in my corner. She was the person that ALWAYS asked me to text her when I made it home safely. She was the one person that cared about every single little detail of everyone's lives because every person in her life was that important to her. She was one of the only people who truly got me and never judged me. The day that my mom died she took my whole world with her.
My mom’s smile could light up a room in a second. She was one of those people that you wanted at every gathering because you knew she would be the life of the party. She loved life so much and she truly lived each day to the fullest. I would do anything to hear her voice one more time or just give her one more hug. I will never understand why she was taken from us so soon, but I do believe that there was a reason. I know she is still within all of us and she is helping us make it through this crazy world. SO many people were touched by my mom's presence and I know that even though she is no longer with us she will continue to touch our lives in remarkable ways. I never want her to be forgotten and I hope to always keep her amazing memory alive. If you are ever having a tough day just take a moment to think about my mom. She would never let a bad day get to her and she always saw the positive in all situations. So together we can honor this incredible woman by supporting this amazing foundation and donating in her name. We must work together so that no other family goes through this heartbreak. As my mom said numerous times during those final days, “We’ve got this guys!”, and don't worry mom I've got this and I will not let you down. Together we will fight for you and we will continue to keep your memory alive! We all miss you and we love you so much!