Fundraising Honor Roll
Magginis Law Office
Brad Harris, ATTY.
Mohamad Ali H. Iqtaifan
Sumser's Concrete, Inc.
Attorney Brendan McLeod
Richard Rawdon, Jr.
Louis Winner, Attorney
Natures Landscaping Inc.
Four Star Heating & Cooling
Merkle Law Firm, Prof. LLC
William H. Fires
Attorney Robert Frederick Smith
Reul Chiropractic LLC
Susannah and Steven Poe
Maginnis Law Office
Robert Bornstein, Attorney
Mr. Joseph Neal Jr.
Drainline Services, Inc.
Mary C. Delk
Gary Lowen, Attorney
Together we can help 30 million Americans.
A world free of liver disease! That is why I am participating in the Run for Research, Boston Marathon 2014. The Liver Life Challenge is an endurance sport training program that helps people like me train for a race while supporting the mission of the American Liver Foundation.
Every step I take and every dollar I raise will make a diference in the lives of more than 30 million Americans living with liver disease.
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Inspiration Through Finishing
This is a shout out to Robert Sumser, owner of Sumser's Concrete, Inc., for my first donation for the American Liver Foundation. Thank you Sumser's Concrete one of the best artisans in the Louisville, Kentucky, area. Sumser's Concrete takes concrete pouring and finishing to an art form, with colors and patterns that invoke mood and class. Sumser's Concrete also cares about our community, and immediately pledged support to the American Liver Foundation. Thank you, Rob Sumser and Sumser's Concrete. Both are class acts all the way around.
When I received the donation, I knew I had to keep on training. With cool weather Saturday, I put eight miles under my feet, and felt comfortable each step of the way. The right foot is healing and my knees are holding out. As I ran, I harkened my thoughts back to my finish in the 2011 Boston Marathon.
The weather was perfect sunny with a breeze at your back. With my "race pace" if we want to call it that I needed all the help I could get. The breeze was most welcome. By mile 19, however, I began to suffer an excruciating headache. My pace slowed, but I trucked on. At mile 23, I met Frances, my niece and godchild. Frances had run two Boston Marathons and had agreed to help me finish the final mile. When Frances learned I was struggling, she trotted from mile 25 to mile 23 and met up with me. I was so happy to see her. We let my husband Tom run ahead of us, and admired his determination. (He had stayed with me during my struggles, but wanted to finish before the clock shut down, so we urged him on.)
I wanted to quit, but Frances told me that late finishers would still receive a medal if they crossed the finish line after the clock was stopped. The Boston Athletic Association left a truck and a staff to hand out medals to stragglers like me. I distinctly remember this colloquy:
Me: You're walking.
Me: You're walking very slow.
Me: I'm running.
Me: But we're at the same pace.
Me: That means I'm running really, really slow.
Frances: Marathons have a habit of doing that to people.
As we got closer to the finish line, a young gentleman (who appeared to have been enjoying the lager at a local bar) walked up to us. He learned of my efforts to run the Boston Marathon for the American Liver Foundation and asked if he could usher me to the finish. I looked at Frances, and she said, "It's up to you." Well, I thought, why not? We accepted the young man's offer, and as the Boston Police opened the saw horses blocking the finish line, the young man began to shout: "Ladies and Gentlemen! This lady has just run 26 miles for the American Liver Foundation! Give her a big cheer as she approaches the finish line!"
The crowd cheered loudly, and I laughed. I ran faster because I knew the pain would end as soon as I finished the course. When I was within steps of the finish line, I looked to my right. There stood a lone woman watching me run. She placed her hand to chest and, with tears in her eyes, she said, "You are such an inspiration!" Suddenly, all the struggle and all the pain seemed worth it. The sense of community came upon me. "We are all in this together," I thought. I hobbled to the back of a moving truck, where a Boston Athletic Association crew placed a pewter medal painted yellow and blue around my neck. The record book will say "DNF" but we all know better. Finishing late, or finishing last, is of no matter. It is the finishing that counts.
Getting Involved: Boston 2014
In 2011, I had the honor of participating in the Boston Marathon and raised thousands of dollars for the American Liver Foundation. Along our marathon route, we passed Newton-Wellesley Hospital. I will never forget the young man waiting for me. He was 16, and had been born with liver disease. Funds from the American Liver Foundation paid for his liver transplant.
This young man waited a very long time for me to meet up with him as I was the slowest runner on the ALF team, and one of the slowest in the entire race! But wait he did.
As I approached him, this young man stood up and reached out to me. We hugged, and as we hugged, he said: "Thank you for running for me. Thank you for running for the American Liver Foundation."
Each time I recall this moment, my eyes well up with tears. I am so grateful to have been in a position to help this young man live a longer, healthier life.
That is why I am running the 2014 Boston Marathon. The work is long, the task is difficult -- but we can do this together.
Thank you for supporting the Run for Research 2014 on April 21, 2014!
The Run for Research is a celebration of my commitment to a world free of liver disease. Please help me make that goal a reality! I support the American Liver Foundation® because it:
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