26.2 miles of pain and diabetes awareness!

9-year-old me, the little dreamer with the strange haircut
9-year-old me, the little dreamer with the strange haircut

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Ms. Julia C Bond
76 percent of goal achieved.
Goal: $2,500.00
Achieved: $1,901.25

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Dear Family and Friends,

Years ago, on a sunny day in Lexington, Massachusetts, a 9-year-old Julia Bond ran her first competitive mile in gym class. She had been unaware of the fact that this was mile-run day when she made her mother painstakingly do her hair in the style of her then-idol Princess Leia that morning. If you had been in the backyard of Estrabrook Elementary School that day, you would have seen a tiny, sweatpants-clad girl with Princess Leia buns dispatching all but 2 of her classmates while cruising to the finish line. It was at the end of that run that she decided someday, she would run a marathon.

Fast forward to the present, and many things have changed. I am (slightly) taller. I no longer rock Princess Leia buns (due to laziness, not some sort of newfound awareness of style). I do my own laundry. But I haven't yet lost interest in running a marathon. And after two years of training for and having to defer the Chicago marathon due to injury, it looks like this is the year.

I'm using this as an opportunity to raise money for diabetes research and programs through the Diabetes Action Team. They support promising research into a cure and produce resources for people and families living with diabetes. I would love your support in any way you can provide it. Please rest assured that I will keep track of who donates, and I will owe you a favor.

Thanks so much everyone!

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