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26.2 For Hope: Recap, Training and Fundraising Update

I am running the DisneyWorld Marathon as a St. Jude Hero. I am attempting to make a difference, even if all it leads to is the simple hope to one day be healthy.

Here's a little recap: I'm running the DisneyWorld Marathon as a St. Jude Hero. I am attempting to make a difference in the world, even if all it leads to is the simple hope for these children to one day be healthy. But I need my community's support. I am trying to raise $2,600 for St. Jude, $100 for each mile I run. 

Training Update: This last Saturday I ran 12 miles. I have almost reached the half way point for the marathon. The thought of more than doubling what I ran is both daunting and empowering. I would be lying if I said there weren't times while I was jogging that I thought, "I don't think I can do this," but then I thought of a quote I've read by Audrey Hepburn that says, "Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!" I repeated it to myself a few times and then an unusual song came on my ipod. I intentionally put two songs on my running playlist that may not seem like your typical pump up songs. "Song for Ronan" by Taylor Swift and "Skin" by Rascall Flatts. I'm not a big country fan, but these songs touch me. They are about children that suffered and in Ronan's case, passed away from childhood cancer and lukemia. I thought about Taleah and all the other children going through chemo treatments and knowing more about the world and pain than any child ever should. It just seems so unfair to me. That got me going. When those songs come on any doubts about my ability to run this marathon are washed away with the wind and left steps behind.   I know I can do this, but I really do need your help.

Fundraising Update: The donation deadline is fast approaching for my event. I am so grateful for those who have contributed, but I am still far from my goal. Please help. During this holiday season when we reflect on all that we have been given and all of the blessings in our lives, please find it withint yourself to give back to those that haven't been as fortunate. You are donating more than just money, you are donating hope to these children, and to me.

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