I am commemorating the 30th anniversary of my mother's passing by running the Philadelphia Half Marathon representing Mommy's Light Lives On
My mother, Barbara Rauch Biddle, died on November 18, 1982 at the age of 35 after a long battle with cancer. She left behind a husband and young son, age 9, to manage on their own.
Recently, friends of mine invited me to join them running in the Philadelphia Half Marathon this year. When I learned the date of the event, I realized that the race would mean more to me and my family if I officially recognized the day. On November 18, 2012 I will run on the 30th anniversary of her death, celebrating her life and my fortunate health at age 39. I will be representing a charity that has been kind enough to assist me and my interest in commemorating this day.
Mommy's Light Lives On is an organization that helps young families, especially those with young children, cope with the premature loss of their mother. I feel that running for them that day, with your financial support, can make a difference in the lives of children who are now facing the same horror and sorrow I survived years ago. Dad and I luckily had family, friends and the church to help us through dark times; some families are not as fortunate. Mommy's Light is there for them to provide support, guidance and fill gaps left behind. They are a deeply caring group of people.
I am an active athlete these days, engaged in numerous competitions this year. I ran my first half marathon in April at Rutgers University, and I have competed in 4 triathlons this year - one of which was The Nation's Triathlon in DC of Olympic distance (1500m swim, 40km bike, 10km run). I am currently registered for The EagleMan Half Ironman in June 2013. I intend to finish the Philadelphia Half Marathon in about 2 hours with a smile. Had I learned about this event months ago, I would have trained for the full marathon to deepen the experience, but I could not safely do so in 12 weeks.
Please take a moment on November 18 to remember my mother. If you are inclined to do so, please consider making a donation of any amount to Mommy's Light. I have set a goal that represents $100 per year since she has been gone. I am reaching out to family and friends who were there with us that day and remain, and to family and friends whom we have gained in the many years since. Please feel free to share this message with anyone you know whose life was touched by my mother, whether family, friend or coworker. I unfortunately cannot contact everyone, for there were so many, and many whose contact information I do not have. Thank you for your generous help and support.