Inspired. Motivated. Driven. Hopeful. Optimistic.
That is how I feel after attending the Team in Training summer season kick off today. I joined Team in Training to raise $1800 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and will be completing the Nike Women’s Half Marathon this October. I met my mentor, a lot of the other women on our Oakland team, and listened to many stories of courageousness and triumph. I feel proud to be a part of an organization that is doing so much to help patients- children as young as a few months old to adults of all ages- live better lives.
I was awestruck by the story of Louie Bonpua who, diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) at the age of 32, trained for, entered and completed 9 triathlons during his battle with leukemia. In 2002, he was asked to carry the Olympic torch and although his health had deteriorated, he was allowed to leave his hospital bed to do so. He arrived in an ambulance, carried the torch 0.2 miles, returned to the hospital, fell into a coma, and passed away 2 days later. Louie, a true hero, reminds me that I can conquer my own personal challenges and milestones, I am lucky to be able to do this, and I have the strength to get through anything. 13.1 miles in nothing compared to having and living with cancer.
If you are reading this and would like to help Team in Training find a cure, please visit my fundraising page and donate any amount- you will be contributing to something that really matters and makes a difference in so many people’s lives.