I have been blessed with the opportunity to join Team Kidney while participating in the NYC Marathon. While it has always been a dream of mine to run the NYC Marathon, it is truly a remarkable experience raising money for such a great cause. Over the past three years, I have watched my father battle chronic kidney disease. During that time I have recognized the impact the National Kidney Foundation has on patients, families, and medical professionals.

        While recognizing the similarities between battling chronic kidney disease and running a marathon, I realize that there may be more than we identify at first glance. Much like a marathon, battling an illness is not an individual event. It takes an entire support system to make you successful. It is the people around you that keep you pushing forward when things start getting tough. Finally, it always seems to last longer than expected, and the hard times seem longer than the easy times.

        While I am asking for your support, it is not for me running a marathon; it is for the 37 million Americans living with chronic kidney disease, my father being one of them. It is for the doctors and nurses that dedicate themselves to care for those in need, and it is for the families that rally behind their loved ones to get them through their darkest hour.