Running a Marathon [Literally]

Full disclosure: this post has nothing to do with food.

Well, in the photo above my brother is holding a banana.  So it’s sort of food related.

Ok, other than the banana, this post has nothing to do with food.  But I hope you will read it anyway.

My little brother Justin is the greatest. Really, I couldn’t love him more. I mean sure, there was that time when we were little and taking a bath together and he pooped in the tub. And the time he used a spoon to sling-shot sand into my eye while we were playing in the little green turtle sandbox in our yard. And the time he “accidentally” knocked out my two front (baby) teeth WHILE I WAS TRYING TO SAVE HIM FROM FALLING DOWN THE STAIRS.  But honestly, all is forgiven.

So anyway, my brother. He’s amazing. He’s one of the best friends I could have asked for (even though he is a tub pooper).  And five years ago, at the age of 23 he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). After undergoing months of chemotherapy and radiation treatment, Justin received a hematopoietic stem cell transplant which was followed eventually by a double lung transplant in April 2012. These past few years have been an incredible challenge for him and for our entire family, to say the least.

Today, my brother is not just alive, but thriving.  And a few weeks ago Justin made the commitment to run the NYC Marathon as a member of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Team In Training (TNT) in order to raise funds to help find cures and better treatments for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma.  I am incredibly proud of my brother, and in an effort to support his run and support the LLS, I have committed to run the marathon with him.

Ok, people who know me well are laughing really hard right now at the idea of me running a marathon, because they know that I absolutely hate to exercise and that I firmly believe that running should be reserved for situations in which one is being chased by the police, or a bear, or what have you. BUT, I love my brother so much and I want to support him, so I’m going to willingly break and sweat and run 26.2 miles. After everything he has been through, it seems like the least I can do.

But if I’m ever going to reach the finish line with my brother, I’m going to need your help. I have pledged to raise at least $3,900 to support my efforts with TNT and help advance research for cures. If you are able, please consider making a donation today.  Your donation, no matter the size, will be incredibly important to me and deeply appreciated. 

There are also other ways for you to show your support. Please share my fundraising page widely with your networks (roll over the “Tell Your Friends” menu on my fundraiser page for some easy, one-click options) and tell your friends and family about the mission of my TNT and LLS.

Thank you in advance for your support. I look forward to updating you on my progress over the next few months!  Oh, and I promise to post something food related soon too!

–Sara