Being part of the #sagesquad you all know that I've been training for the 2018 Chicago Marathon (the good news is that I will stop talking about it after next weekend!). As part of my entrance into the race, I chose to run and raise funds on behalf of the American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA). This cause is near and dear to my heart for many reasons, each day 500 people will be diagnosed with a brain tumor. I'm running on behalf of everyone impacted by this disease, but central to my motivation is my Dad, who was only 50 years old when he lost his 18-month fight with brain cancer in September 2006.
Douglas Emerson Sage is the single largest influence in my life, whether it's from teaching me the importance of always having a sense of humor, that taking a risk is always worth it in the end, and you'll never go wrong when keeping your family close to your heart. Losing a father is never easy, but losing my Dad when I was 22 has impacted nearly every one of my life choices. I'm continually grateful to be where I am today, and I wouldn't be here without constantly asking "what would Dad do?" to help decide when to turn right, left, or stay the course. While I feel fortunate to have found motivation and inspiration from the loss of my Dad, I'm fundraising for ABTA to help fund research and family support so that, someday, others don't have to suffer the same loss.
So, to the task at hand. I'm working to raise funds and awareness for ABTA. As part of my #sagesquad, there are 5 ways that you can help a girl out: