Running a Marathon in Honor of Brennan, and to Raise Money to End Diabetes!
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Dear Family and Friends,
In February, my son, Brennan, was diagnosed with Type 1 juvenile diabetes. On Day 1, I watched in fascination and awe of that 10 year old boy as he fearlessly injected himself with insulin, counted his carbs, and gracefully accepted the fact he couldn't eat all the yummy Valentine's treats he got in his 5th grade Valentine's box that week. To say that managing diabetes is a challenge is an understatement. But months later, I am still taken aback by the courage, resilience, patience, determination, acceptance, and maturity Brennan has shown since that Day 1, and continues to show every day.
And so, he has inspired me to take on a challenge of my own. On October 12, I will be running in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, in specific honor of the challenges Brennan faces and overcomes every day, and in general honor of all those affected by diabetes. Today, May 27, is not only Brennan's 11th birthday, but also Day 1 of my 20-week marathon training program. My training program tallies to 499 miles that I will run between now and October 12.
I have also taken on the added challenge of raising money for vital diabetes research. Please support me in my efforts to run 26.2 miles for a cause that means so much to me and to SO MANY OTHERS!!
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.
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 can make a difference.
Thanks so much for your support and encouragement!
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