Giving thanks where thanks is due
As I recovered from Lyme disease in 2010 and ran my first marathon to raise awareness about the disease (NYC Marathon, Nov. 2010), I sort of caught the marathon bug. When you go from not being able to walk properly to being able to run a full marathon, you develop a sense of empowerment like no other. When I trained to run my second marathon, it was with the specific goal of qualifying for the Boston Marathon. It seemed like a lofty goal at the time, but with the help of some amazing friends and a very, very supportive family, the dream became a reality. It also fostered in me a desire to do what I now call “The Big 5 For Lyme”*, meaning, to run the 5 major marathons on the planet to raise awareness about Lyme disease whilst also supporting others along the way. I’ve worked hard, run three of the 5 and now am planning on running my fourth, the London Marathon, on April 26, 2015. But for this marathon, I’m really sticking my neck out by running for a charity, Worldwide Cancer Research, and vowing to raise $3200.00 for the charity. I’m doing this for many reasons, but mainly because my life has been hugely impacted by cancer; I’ve lost loved ones, watched my sister battle Lymphoma and tried as best as I could support a dear friend go through breast cancer treatment this summer/ autumn. Cancer truly touches all our lives and realizing how lucky I am to have recovered my health, I want to use it to help others in the same way that has been the most beneficial to me helping myself – by running.
I’ve never put myself in a position to directly ask for so many donations and sponsorships, and to be honest, the thought frightened me more than I dare say. But when you put yourself out there, when you ask, it is surprising how people and organizations will help. I’m am COMPLETELY HONOURED & HUMBLED that several local, community businesses and organizations in Saco, Maine, where I reside, have sponsored me via a donation to Worldwide Cancer Research.
My sincerest thanks go to the businesses and organizations listed below:
Traditions Italian Family Restaurant:
162 Main Street, Saco, ME
Tel: (207) 282-6661
Run of the Mill Public House and Brewery
100 Main Street, Saco, ME 04072
Tel: (207) 571-9648
Norway Savings Bank
569 Main St, Saco, ME 04072
Tel: (207) 282-6121
Bangor Savings Bank
270 Main St, Saco, ME 04072
Tel: (207) 282-9210
Biddeford Saco Rotary Club
100 Main St, Saco, ME 04072
Saco Biddeford Savings Bank
252 Main Street, Saco, ME 04072
Tel: (207) 284-4591
532 Main St, Saco, ME 04072
Tel: (207) 282-4152
121 Free St, Portland, ME 04101
Tel: (207) 842-5400
* There were only 5 major marathons when I began this quest back in 2010. Those were New York City, Boston, Chicago, London and Berlin. Tokyo was added in 2013.
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