July 9, 2013 is a day that my family and I will never forget. That is the day my Uncle Chris selflessly became a living kidney donor for his sister, my mom, Mary. Although a lot of that time is a blur, I remember traveling to the city and meeting up with my family, I remember sitting at NY Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center waiting for the surgeries to finish, and more than anything I remember the feeling of being truly amazed at the work of the members of the transplant team throughout the whole process leading up to that day. Seven years later I am so happy to say that my uncle and my mom are healthy and happy and enjoying their lives and families all thanks to that day in 2013.
That was seven years ago...I only had two little boys, my mom only had two grandsons, and I didn't run AT ALL. Fast forward to today, I now have three young boys, my mom has five beautiful grandsons, and I am training to run the NYC Marathon!! I would have been the last person to tell you this would be where I am now, but HERE I AM! Today more than ever I realize that life is beautiful, things can change, outlooks can change, ordinary people can turn into superheros and give the gift of life and it's all so amazing. I am grateful every day for my uncle and his gift of being a living donor that has afforded my mom time to live, and love, and enjoy life. I am grateful to be running as a part of Team Kidney for the NFK, raising important funds for a cause so close to my heart.
Every time I try to imagine the feeling of running 26.2 miles through the streets of NYC I fall short. With all the uncertainty in the world currently I can't help but have the thought in the back of my mind that there is a chance NYC won't be ready for us runners come November 1st. That will be a bridge we will have to cross once we are there, but in the meantime, we train! I know I will be ready to take on the challenge when the time comes, and I know that the support of people like you will keep me pushing through each mile!
The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) works to help the 73 million Americans at risk for kidney disease, the 26 million Americans living with chronic kidney disease, and those who care for and about them. Let's be a part of that!!! The funds raised through your donations will serve as a lifeline to the community of patients, medical professionals, and their family members who rely on programs and services now more than ever, as well as those who are still undiagnosed and at risk.
Every dollar counts, and I would be grateful for your support as I prepare to run the 50th Anniversary of the New York City Marathon! Thanks for letting me share my story with you, and know that I appreciate every single one of you!