YOU GUYS, IS THIS REAL LIFE?! I’m running in the New York City Marathon!!!
I am part of a team running in the NYC Marathon to raise money for the Arthritis Foundation.
I can’t really believe it myself, the whole arrangement happened so fast, but I am so SO excited to say that I am officially running in one of the most prestigious marathon races in the world. November 2nd I’ll be participating in my first full marathon, running a whopping 26.2 miles through the 5 lovely Boroughs of New York City. So how did all of this happen?? Well let me tell ya, it just gets better from here. What makes this 26.2 mile race that much better is that I’m no longer just running for myself; I’m running for a cause, more specifically, to help those with arthritis.
As part of this team, each member has to raise $3,000 for their entry to the NYC Marathon. Every penny of this money raised goes directly to the Arthritis Foundation. So what is this Arthritis Foundation all about??
The Arthritis Foundation raises awareness, educates, funds research, and aids those suffering from a form of arthritis. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis out there, affecting over 46 million Americans alone1! The more commonly known types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. I personally know several people who have had their lives completely changed by this disease, as I’m sure we all know someone in a similar boat.
One thing I love about this specific cause is that the company I work for, Regeneron, is already paving the way for life changing medication to help those who suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis. Sarilumab is an antibody being developed specifically for the treatment of this arthritis condition which affects so many people, including a dear friend of my own. Knowing that I am helping fight this disease not only in my day to day job, but also in raising the funds for this race is so absolutely gratifying.
Completing a marathon for the first time is without a doubt a huge personal life goal. I was excited about the idea of completing this goal in the
Fall of 2014, and then came the last minute opportunity for my first marathon to be in NYC, which astounded me. Even more so, this was an opportunity for this accomplishment to be more than about running, and more than just about myself. I knew I had to take this chance of a lifetime! Many things didn’t work out with my initial marathon plans for the projected , however I can say with confidence that I truly believe God had these bigger race plans for me, which are more grand than I could even imagine. Funny the way it works isn’t it? :)
So in short, would you please be willing to support me in the race of a lifetime?
I would love, love if each and every one of you would be willing to partner up with me in not only achieving a life goal of running a marathon (in one of the biggest marathon events of the world), but to also help support a very worthy cause in the fight against arthritis. You can be a part of this huge event in my life by donating anything you can give to this marathon fund. Common donations are $1 or $2 per mile, so ~$26 or $52, but you can most definitely give more or less. Trust me, I’ll think of you guys every single one of those miles I suffer through ;) All of this money goes towards the foundation, I even paid for my own race entrance fee so none of it goes to myself! Oh and OF COURSE, this donation is entirely and 100% tax deductible, which is just one more reason to give so generously a small portion of what we have been blessed with. :)
So now that you have a ton of reasons to donate, visit my fundraising page and help me run this race!
I truly and deeply appreciate the support of all the people in my life whether in finances, encouragement, love, guidance, mentoring ect. If you could also pass this on to others to support a great cause, I would be so very grateful! I know that some companies also do a donation match sort of program for when their employees give to charities, so maybe look into that opportunity to contribute here as well! Who knows, maybe I’ll give away the sweaty shirt I complete those 26.2 miles in, to whoever gives the most to my fund! Just Kidding, I assure you no one wants that ;)
OH and last point! I’ll be updating the blog as I prep for this crazy marathon in about 12 weeks, and I was also planning on sending out a newsletter mostly to family friends at home in California to tell them about this race and the fundraising I am doing. If you would like to have a newsletter mailed or emailed to you, let me know of your mailing address or email (email@example.com) and I will happily send one your way!
Thank you thank you all from the bottom of my heart :D
1 General information found on WebMD