We are BIGGER than diabetes!
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Yesterday, I was inspired to challenge myself with another marathon, and on October 27th, I will be running in the Marine Corps Marathon.
To keep myself motivated, I have also taken on the added challenge of raising money for vital diabetes research.
As many of you know, Type II Diabetes, snuffed out one of the brightest lights in my life, John Sterling Howlett, at the age of 28. Today, I share a life and a love that I never thought possible with the one the most amazing men I've known, Patrick Erin Mason - also a diabetic, diagnosed at 34 with Type I. That diagnosis stole our first date away, but that's all it's going to get. I refuse to let Diabetes take another love from my life.
Diabetes lives in my family as well. My grandfather, my aunt, and my sister have all had their struggles with Type II diabetes. And I run in memory and in honor of them as well.
Diabetes is bigger than me and my family, but I am up to the challenge!
Diabetes is one of the most common and serious chronic diseases in the United States. The incidence of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes is rapidly increasing. 26 million Americans have diabetes, and 1 million more are diagnosed every year. This includes 15,000 children who are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes each year, and countless soldiers coming home with what has been called Diabetes Type 1.5.
You can help!
All of the money I raise for the Diabetes Action Research and Education Foundation will fund research to prevent, treat, and cure diabetes. Every dollar counts so please donate what you can. Together, we become bigger than diabetes
Thanks so much for your support and encouragement!
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So we're just about through week 7 of training for this years Marine Corps Marathon... and I've reached my minimum fundraising goal, with less than 7 donors... I think I'm going to make it my mission to earn one donor for every week until the marathon. That should also work out to at least one donor per mile! If you think about it, that means I can count on someone cheering me on for each mile of the race. It may seem like a small thing, but if you've ever run a marathon, you know how vital those cheers can be!
To those of you who have already donated, thank you for the cheers!
For those of you on the fence or wondering what your donation really goes to, I invite you to check out the Diabetes Action Research and Education foundation webpage. They've been a great source of information for both myself and Patrick, on how to manage and live with this bizarre-o Type 1.5 diabetes. Even if you are not personally affected by Diabetes, I've no doubt you'll find some useful information there.
Thank you again, everyone!!! Let's kick Diabetes arse! Because together, we really are BIGGER than diabetes
We're Off And Running
Thanks so much to those of you who helped me kick-off my fundraising efforts, and an especial thank you to Jon for meeting me at the Caboose for a solid 4-mile run, on Saturday.
Patrick comes home on Friday, and I assure you I will still be running. If I'm lucky, I might even get a picture of the both of us running to share on this page.
Keep checking back for updates on my training progress, and of course, to make a donation if you're feeling so inclined. :)
Peace, Love and BIGGNESS!!!!
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