Tara and I have known each other for about 15 years and we have celebrated many birthdays together. Through the help of Be The Match, Tara now celebrates two birthdays a year. This organization's efforts are the reason I still get to have tea and laughs with my friend --to say it is important to me is an understatement. Last year I was inspired by Tara’s spirit and her birthday celebrations to do something a little bigger than just this 5k run. I went from a “never runner” to running 40 5k runs before I turned 40, as a reminder to celebrate every year of life we have.
By joining the running community I was able to pull myself back up and remind myself to keep moving forward, one step, and one day at a time. I pushed through with her words of encouragement to achieve a goal that seemed so big at the start, and so small at the finish. I realized how grateful I was for my friends that always had faith in me. Their encouragement and support made each moment easier as time passed. Tara is one of those friends.
I’m returning this year for another #40for40 challenge. I’ll be running 40 5k runs to help raise money for Be The Match. I’m looking to raise $5 for each 5k ($200 goal). If you can donate at least $5, I’ll be sure to give you a shoutout out as I post my progress.
Thank you for your support and encouragement! It has helped me immensely!
More about the orginization:
I have teamed up with Be The Match® to raise critical funds to help match volunteer marrow donors with patients who have blood cancers, like leukemia or lymphoma.
And YOU can help!
Every three minutes someone is diagnosed with blood cancer. Often their only hope for a cure is a marrow transplant. Your contribution to the Michigan Marrow Walk & Fun Run will help provide that cure by helping add new potential marrow donors to the registry, helping patients struggling with uninsured costs and funding research.
I'm helping blood cancer patients take the next step towards a life-saving marrow transplant by taking a few of my own, and I hope I can count on your support. Thank you for being someone's cure.
Please help me reach my fundraising goal – make your tax-deductible contribution today!