Friday, August 01, 2008

Boy, I have some nerve.

Here I am, digging out after a month of chaos. I was lucky that you didn't desert me completely and, in return, I promised you some knitting.

Instead, I'm coming to you with my hand out. That's right. I'm gonna ask for a favor.

When I moved back to NJ, one month ago, my family was in the midst of dealing with their own troubles. A very dear friend had been fighting a losing battle against pancreatic cancer. At a loss for a way to help, my mother organized a team to participate in the Purple Stride Island Run. It's organized by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, which you can read about here.

I, in an attempt to keep busy, decided to run the 5K portion of the race. Those of you who know me well enough, know that this was quite a decision. I'm not exactly a runner. Or a jogger, for that matter.

And in the month that I've been home, we've lost our friend. He had an amazing life that ended too soon and an amazing family that didn't deserve to have him taken away so early.

The people that have agreed to participate in the run/walk and the money that we've raised to far are both testaments to how much he was loved. I've decided (another decision!) to step up my game and not only run the race, but to try to raise a bit of money as well.

I don't expect much. I'm just asking for support. Now that support can come in the form of a "Way to go!" in my comment section, or in the form of $1 added to my team. I just kind of wanted to put it out there in the blogisphere that I was doing this thing and who it was for and to ask for your collective good thoughts for myself (during the run) and for his family (who need it more than I do.)

That's all. Thanks.


gleek said...

i'm offering my verbal support!!! i wish i could contribute financially. my stupid apartment is currently bleeding us dry (poor savings account.) i wish you all the best in the race!

Karen said...

I just made a donation. In honor of your friend and my husband's dad, who fought the same battle and lost.

Billy said...

I´m sorry for your loss. Cancer is... well, cancer is terrible.

I´m sending my positive thoughts (and making a donation to a local charity to honor the memory of those close that died to this terrible disease).

You can do it! I wasn´t a runner (at all!) and in a month got ready for a 10k. My advice: good running shoes and a very good sports bra! :)

Things will get better!