When I finished my first half marathon in the Fall of 2017, I remember stuffing my face with Portillo’s and thinking: “I will never be crazy enough to run a marathon. 13.1 miles is enough.” Well, fast-forward a year, and I guess I’ve gotten crazier. After taking sometime off running to focus on job hunting and moving, I knew it was time to lace up my sneakers again and start training again. But for some reason, a half marathon no longer felt challenging enough. I had to do a marathon, and what better place to run one than my favorite city in the world?
In February I completed my second half marathon, finally accomplshing my goal of a sub-2 hour time. Just over a month later, I travelled to Nashville to take on the Rock n Roll half with my sister and best friend (she was crazy enough to do the marathon!). Now, I'm ready to take on the daunting task of training for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. As intimidating as it is, I know every mile will be so much more meaningful raising money for an organization near and dear to my heart.
For those who don’t know, in July of 2013, my uncle, Al Olson, was diagnosed with Glioblastoma multiforme, stage 4 brain cancer. And anyone who was lucky enough to know him can attest that he was by far one of the toughest men around, fighting this battle for over two years with a positive attitude and love of life. I am honored to be running my first marathon for the American Brain Tumor Association in memory of my wonderful uncle.
BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS DONATED!
Grandman & Grandpa Halinski (Casey and Pat)
Michael, Karlana, and co.
Laura and Susan
Uncle Brian, Aunt Donna, and Mia
The Leversen family
Joy, Nate, Ellerson, Tiernan, Breslyn, and Cal
The Saddoris Family
Donna and Harry Goldberg
The Schreiber Family
& Mom and Dad
Your support would mean the world to me, so please consider donating to my goal!
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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.