If you’ve been following this blog or me via Facebook and Twitter, then you probably know my story already. I’m running the Big Sur International Marathon on April 29 in memory of my dad, Gene, who died from multiple myeloma 17 years ago today (April 4). This is the second time I’ve run a marathon to honor his memory. The first was the Chicago Marathon in 2010.
Like in 2010, I’m raising money for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. I’m within $2,000 of my goal. The awesome thing about every dollar I raise is that it goes toward funding research for better treatment and, hopefully, a cure. Not one cent goes toward my race or travel expenses. Which is good. Because I want every penny spent on eliminating multiple myeloma and reducing the number of families who have stories similar to mine.
Since I originally signed up to run for the MMRF two years ago, you’ve heard me talk a lot about my dad, my memories of him, why I run for him. Today on the anniversary of his death, you get to hear a different voice — my mom’s. I run as much for my dad as I run for my mom and her loss.
This past weekend, she shared our family’s story. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to watch.