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I recently sent this email to all of those who supported my run for the MMRF through their donations.  I thought others might like to read my thoughts about my marathon experience.

I wanted to take a moment to thank all of my donors one more time.  The final number for money raised for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation was $2800.00!!  That is more than $100 for each mile of the marathon!  Way to go everyone!! We also learned that the total amount of money raised by the entire Chicago Marathon MMRF team was over $125,000.00!  All of this is very exciting, so glad I could be a part of this and all of you were there with me!

Before the run on Sunday we had a chance to meet others who had raised money for the MMRF.  There were some amazing stories.  Including one man who had come through his second Stem Cell transplant in March, and ran the Chicago Marathon on Sunday.  A doctor who was inspired to do something for his patients.  Sisters who were walking through treatments with their middle sister.  A man who was running in memory of his father in law.  A team of researchers who were running to continue the research they have been doing for Multiple Myeloma.  Many sons and daughters running to extend the lives of their mother or father.  It was a great uplifting moment to share with people who knew all too well what our family has been experiencing the last 15 months.

The marathon was an amazing experience.  I am so thankful for your support and prayers getting me through it all.  For a long time, I have said that I wanted to do something that communicated my support for my mother and her fight against Multiple Myeloma.  But it was not until the actual marathon that I realized that running a marathon would change my life and perspective on what my mother is going through.  It has been said that running a marathon mirrors what it is like to journey through cancer treatment.  At the start, you have a plan, you feel good about your plan and you have cheerleaders who have supported you and rally around you to get you started down the path.  You feel like you can conquer the world.  Nothing can stop you.  Midway through the race, you realize you still have a long way to go, but it seems so far and maybe impossible to do.  Negative thoughts, aches and pains really become the enemy and a challenge to combat mentally.  Then for the last quarter of the race,  the crowd becomes thinner.  Your closest family and friends are still there but the path becomes a little more lonely and harder.  You are left to your prayers and will to get you through.  You are so close to the end but still so far away.  The miles seem longer, fatigue has set in.  And then you finally see the finish line, and you realize that you are FINALLY about to celebrate the end of the journey.  You are a finisher, with the medal to prove it.  And now, as mom’s stem cell transplant begins, we feel like we are in those last few miles.  They are sooooo long, it is sooooo hard.  But I know that mom has the determination to be a finisher.  And we will be there at the finish line to celebrate with her.
Thank you all for your prayers, support and encouragement.  If all goes well, I will join another MMRF endurance challenge in the future.  For now, much needed rest!!

Today we really tried to stay off our feet. We took a river cruise with an architectural tour of Chicago- a great way to see the city while sitting on our kiesters. Then we has appetizers with the entire Chicago MMRF team. It was a very inspiring few hours! After that we found a pasta place for carboloading. Before heading to bed tonight we met with our aunt and cousins who are. Coming to cheer us on tomorrow. And now we try to sleep, something that we gave been assured will not happen. We have an early get up in the morning. Our next activity is all we have been working toward for the last few months. Next stop, the starting line!!






Day 2 was spent carboloading, walking, and learning.
The city has come alive with runners. You can identify them by their technical fabric clothing and comfy walking shoes. We started the day with a little walk ending at Nike Town, where we picked up the shuttle to the health and fitness expo to pick up our bibs and timing chips. The expo was fun, and we learned some things to help us through Sunday. A fun surprise was the Nike wall with every single runner’s name on it. We found our names and got a poster that matched. The names on the poster are so little that you pretty much need a magnifying glass to read them. We ended the day pretty lazily with dinner and early bedtime. Day 2 in the books.




Had a great day. Mostly ran around with Lance making business contacts. Had lunch with a family friend of Lance’s. Then picked up Heidi at the airport. We dropped off the rental car (we just had it for today) and then took the train in to town. Finally we ended the night with a little carbo-loading at Lou Malnati’s.
Here are some pictures from the day. The view from our floor on the hotel is nice!




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