Running for Big Al - In honor of my dad
Welcome friends and family!
I am so excited/proud/nervous to announce that on March 24, 2019, I will be running in the LA Marathon as a part of the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Research's Training Team. This will be my very first marathon and I need all the support I can get to help me cross that finish line. In addition to finishing the 26.2 miles Stadium to the Sea run (yikes!) I have given myself another huge challenge... to raise $5000 for pancreatic cancer research! I would be so honored and humbled if you would help me reach my goal!
As many of you know, my amazing father Al was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer back in 2014. He was treated at the Hirshberg Center at UCLA and fought the fight every step of the way. Due to the grim nature of pancreatic cancer, he passed away in May of 2016. I miss him so much and not a day goes by that I not reminded of him in some way- his warm smile, his huge hugs, his love of sports, and so many more things. Running has helped connect me to him and remind me what an amazing runner and athlete he was, having completed numerous marathons himself back in the day. I know he would be so proud of the challenge in front of me and the goals I have set. I feel him there with me on every training run cheering me on: just keep moving, one foot in front of the other :)
Although my dad is my main motivation, I am doing this for more than just him. Since his passing, I have lost 2 of my fellow Los Angeles County District Attorney colleagues, as well as the brother of a colleague, to pancreatic cancer. And one of my dear friends from high school has also been affected, as her wonderful mother was recently diagnosed and is currently fighting the battle. I am running this marathon for THEM and for their family members who have dealt with/are dealing with this horrible disease. Please help me show them the love!
Thank you SO MUCH for your help- I couldn't do this without you! Every dollar makes a difference :)
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