In August 2005, I met Daryl Lynn Snow, little did I know where that would lead. We fell in love and she brought so much to my life. Unfortunately, she was diagnosed with brain cancer, such a life changing moment. The impact that it brought to her life and our lives was tremendous. In April 2009, we were married. We both knew our time together would be short as husband and wife. When you are saying in sickness and health and til death due us part, you are not thinking so much of the future but closure for what was and what might have been.
The past two years I have run the Chicago Marathon in her memory. In 2015, it was supposed to be one and done for doing a marathon, but due to the heat and not enough training on my part, I left feeling defeated, even though I did all 26.2 miles, just not in under the 6:30 hour/minute time limit.
In 2016, I was back and this time I killed the demons, I finished in under the 6:30 hour/minute time limit. I got to tell Daryl that I love her crossing the finish line, my mission was accomplished. So when I finished that day, I thought it would be my last marathon. Little did I know a month later, that I would be in Philadelphia doing a marathon as a fund raiser for my cancer, prostate cancer.
Although I am sure she will be in my mind at times during the race in 2017, I will not be running it specifically for her, but for those that are still fighting the battle and those that are their caregivers. I have some understanding of both as personally being a cancer survivor and as Daryl's caregiver. I think in the cancer battle, we tend to forget those that battle along side those that are battling cancer, the caregivers which can be family or friends, who attempt to always smile even when they are hurting inside, who sit through countless doctors appointments and treatments, hoping for a cure or just more time with their loved one and in the worse case having to say goodbye when the battle is lost. These folks can be warriors in their own rights. So for one day, I will the warrior in their honor doing 26.2 miles.
The hope in doing so that with your support I can raise some funds to help find a cure for at least one person, so they do not have to endure what she did.
So here I am again, asking for your donations and support. With your help, we raised over $1,500.00 last year. And if you thought about giving last year and did not, here is a second chance, you know you want to. And if you gave last year, thank you so much and please pledge again this year.
Thank you everyone,
Each day, 500 people will be diagnosed with a brain tumor. To show my support, I will be participating in the American Brain Tumor Association’s Team Breakthrough Endurance program. Money raised will provide critical funding for brain tumor research and for supportive patient care.
You can support me in my efforts by making a donation to the American Brain Tumor Association.
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Your donation not only supports brain tumor patients and their families, but it also supports the breakthrough research to improve, extend and ultimately save lives.
And remember, your donation is tax-deductible! You can learn more about the American Brain Tumor Association at www.abta.org. Thank you in advance for your support of my efforts on behalf of brain tumor patients, their families, and the researchers pursuing the breakthroughs.