Please support me as I run my first half marathon in honor of Courageous Chip and the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research.
So at 41, I decided to sign my non-running self up to run the Publix Half Marathon on March 17. I'll tell you a little secret...as soon as I hit that "submit registration" button I had a moment of sheer terror. What am I thinking? That's too hard!
Fast forward a few minutes later...an image of a child pops into my head. Suddenly the panic subsides. I remember what I am running for. I'm running for Chip, one of the many incredible Rally Kids.
I've never had the opportunity to meet Chip and his family myself (although I hope to at some point), but my husband, David, had the pleasure of meeting this amazing boy and his incredible family through his job. They inspired him and the stories he told me of their strength and courage inspired me, as well.
Here's a little of Chip's story in his own words:
"Chip writes, “My name is Chip. Without much previous drama, on August 17th, 2010, my pediatrician ordered an MRI for what I thought was a concussion. My Mom and Dad picked me up from school, took me to the appointment, and our lives went from zero to sixty in about 2.2 seconds that day. We were immediately sent to the children’s hospital, where in 72 hours, I had two brain surgeries, a MRI, and CT scans, followed by 14 days in PICU, and several more months inpatient. I was diagnosed with Metastatic (spreading) Anaplastic (aggressive) Medulloblastoma (brain cancer). Go ahead, read between the lines. I was in school that morning. Suddenly, words I had never heard defined our lives and people I had never met were the most important people on earth.
As a side effect of the main tumor resection brain surgery, I also suffer from a rare complication called Posterior Fossa Syndrome. This syndrome has left me completely debilitated. I have spent the last year attempting to relearn everything – from holding up my head, talking, swallowing, eating, sitting, walking, using my hands – everything. I have some hearing loss and significant vision loss. Currently, I work through about 14 home therapy sessions a week to regain my function. I am making progress, but the road is still a very long one. I am still completely dependent on my parents for everything. I have just started a rehab program where I plan to regain my life."
You see, Chip didn't get to choose his cancer like I got to choose to run. Chip didn't get to back out because it was too hard. So I'm not going to either. For anyone who knows me well, you know follow through isn't my strong point. But I'm going to do this. Because I have a healthy body and I'm able. And as a mother, I realize how fortunate I am to have healthy children. I can't take that for granted.
I hope you'll support me as I run for Chip and all the other Rally kids that need our help. No donation is too small. Any amount is appreciated and .93 of every dollar received goes toward supporting Rally's mission.
If you'd like to read more about Chip or any of the other Rally kids, you can meet them at http://rallyfoundation.org/index.php/kids/rallykids/1. I hope they'll inspire you as much as they did me.
Thanks to all,