Besides a genuine "I just wanted to see if I could", theres one huge motivator in my life.
It's a motivator that makes up for the sore knees and hips, blisters, calloused heels and sheer exhaustion.
That motivator is my Dad.
As many of you may know, I'm an oncology nurse, which was an absolute God thing because of what my family was going through at the time. Want more details? Check out "Why I do what I do".
March of 2011, my dad was diagnosed with Stage 4 Follicular Lymphoma. A diagnosis that was explained to my family as "slow growing cancer, incurable, but manageable at times".
WHAM...you're invincible, you're family is invincible until you hear the "C word".
Did you know September happens to be Leukemia and Lymphoma awareness month?
Coincidence? I think not.
Did you know that an average of 1000 people are diagnosed with lymphoma every day?
It doesn't really resonate until your family becomes a statistic.
All lymphomas are represented by the color lime green.
This weekend I am wearing lime green in honor of my Dad and my patients.
I'm running 13.1 miles because:
- My Dad would do it for me in a heartbeat.
- There are so many patients of mine who wish they could, but will never have the opportunity to.
- I want to bring awareness to the incurable disease my Dad battles daily.
- I want to fight for my Dad.
- I would rather have sore legs, hips etc. than having to run a day without my Dad.
Little history lesson:
Back in middle school and high school I was a competitive sprinter, nick named "Gazelle", a girl after my Daddy's heart.
Dad was also a competitive sprinter back in high school and college and just happened to also have a nick name, "Wheels".
To this day, I have never beat my dad in a sprint...EVER.
But I want to continue to share that special bond with him, until we are both old and gray with grandchildren (his great-grandchildren).
Wheels is the one who will keep me running this weekend. This one's for you Dad!