"You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will." -Stephen King
This is the quote that showed up on my Facebook newsfeed about 2 days before I decided to step WAY outside of my comfort zone. But before I get to that, I need to tell you a story...
When Anna was in 1st grade, I learned of the baby sister of one of our kindergarten students. This baby, Hailey, had just been diagnosed with atypical teratoid rhabdoid, an aggressive form of cancer that attacks the brain and central nervous system. Hailey's mother detailed her journey online, and I spent countless hours reading her account. Rejoicing when strides were made, and crying when there were setbacks. A bright spot during this time, was when I learned of the Rally Foundation for the first time. In an effort to support Hailey and her family, our school had a fundraiser to raise money for Rally. I watched this organization bring a community together, and give us a meaningful way to support Hailey's family.
Though she underwent aggressive treatment, Hailey passed away after battling cancer for two years.
Over the years I've been exposed to the Rally Foundation over and over again, and have decided to (this is where my comfort zone comes back into the story) become a Rally Athlete, and run a HALF MARATHON in March. Yes, you heard me, 13.1 miles. RUNNING...even if I have to crawl across the finish line (which is entirely possible). As daunting as this sounds for me, it is nothing compared to what Hailey and her family experienced. I get to wake up every day and hug my healthy kids. Knowing that there are so many families who can't do that is incredible motivation and inspiration.
It is an honor for me to run for Hailey, as she introduced me to the great work that Rally is doing every day to help find cures and better treatment for children fighting cancer. Hailey's life is still touching so many, and I'm proud to be among that group.
I hope you'll support me in my efforts to run for Hailey,and all the other Rally kids who 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 Hailey, or any of the other Rally kids, you can meet them at http://rallyfoundation.org/index.php/kids/rallykids/1. I know you will be as inspired as I am.