Today we trained on the Platte River Trail next to the REI downtown. It started out cold and cloudy but was nice and sunny by the end of our hour and a half run. And we figured out who the 'speedies' of the group are! Go Eric, Rachel, and Kevin! And to our super runners today Stephani and Katie who ran further than they needed to! Way to go Rockstars!!
As many of you know, I will be running my second marathon with Team In Training on June 1st at the San Diego Rock N Roll marathon. However, you may not fully know why I run-and why I choose to do it with Team In Training.
This season our Team Hero is Brandan, and this is his story:
"It was a beautiful Friday when Brandan started to appear a lot more tired than usual. A routine call to the pediatrician ended with the words “Don’t worry so much, he is just probably growing and teething”. However, the next morning worry would turn into sheer panic when Brandan was rushed to the ER because he had turned extremely pale and started bleeding from his nose and mouth, while bruises started to visibly grow out of nowhere on his lifeless body. In a matter of minutes, he was rushed to The Children’s Hospital where he was diagnosed with a rare case of AML Leukemia. The cancer was attacking all of his organs and reached his brain through the spinal fluid. Brandan turned 11 months old that day; and spent 32 days in ICU on life support, had 3 respiratory arrests, 9 life threatening infections, and severe allergic reactions to the chemo treatment, and yet rode out of the hospital with No Evidence of Disease (NED) on October 27th, 2007 and remains in remission to everyone’s amazement as a normal 18 month old boy. Only his many scars on his chest, arm and legs tell the story of a infant who was told the day he was diagnosed to say goodbye to his family, because infants like him just do not survive; he just “forgot to listen” and continues to defy all odds related to his prognosis. Brandan’s family feels, “blessed to be part of the miracles that happen at Children's every day! - and with the support of the Rocky Mountain Leukemia and Lymphoma Society"
This is why I run - because I know that I am not accomplishing a personal feat of an endurance event, but I am helping to raise awareness and support for people like Brandan. With our help and donations, we can continue the research towards ground breaking discoveries that continue to allow children and adults who suffer with cancer the opportunity to achieve remission from their cancer - and stay there!
I'm doing it again! Just to prove how incredibly crazy I am, I guess. A few friends and I have signed up to do the San Diego Rock N Roll Marathon on June 1st.
I will be training again with Team in Training, a division of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. They've asked me to come back for another season to serve as a Team Mentor for which I am honored. So its now my responsibility to encourage others in their training and fundraising efforts, to provide assistance and support where I can, and get everyone in my group across the finish line.
Because of the success of our previous fundraising efforts, we are again hosting the Lucky Leprechaun on March 8th in Downtown Denver. Tickets are $25 and we will have several downtown establishments offering free appetizers and drinks to all participants. It's a great way to meet new people, get a night out on the town, and support a great group of people helping others. All proceeds will be tax deductible and will go to local Rocky Mountain patient services of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.