I’m running the Chicago Marathon! This is something that I’ve only thought about but never actually expected to do. I’m still not sure I can, but I’m going to try. I made the decision to run last November, and I knew I wanted to run for a specific reason. Actually, two reasons – Dean and Martin, my cousins. So I’m running with Team Breakthrough raising money for the American Brain Tumor Association. Dean was diagnosed first, and at the time, I knew very little about the type of brain tumor he had. Anyone who knows me well knows exactly what I did next. I researched and read everything I could on it. And then I prayed. And then Dean fought! He endured surgery, chemo, and radiation, and more chemo. Dean is a miracle. Dean is an answered prayer. Little did he know, but he would soon become a source of hope. Roughly five years later, Martin was diagnosed with the same type of “rare” brain tumor. How did that happen? So full of life, Martin fought a battle like no other. Throughout surgery and treatments, Martin was relentless. His attitude and determination were like nothing I’ve ever heard. He never complained or asked "Why me?" NOT ONE SINGLE TIME!!! Simply amazing! Time after time, when Martin faced a new obstacle, I looked to Dean and his experience, and he provided hope that no one else could. Martin faced each challenge he was given. Though his battle has ended, he lives on in the hearts of everyone who knew and loved him. He will always be an inspiration. Dean and Martin both showed tremendous courage, strength, and bravery. I find myself wondering if I would ever be able to be like them. Then someone close to me, fighting her own battle, reminded me of something she heard. “You don’t know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.” So with that in mind, I AM running the Chicago marathon, and I WILL finish…for Dean and for Martin. Thumbs up, kiddo!
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