Dear Friends I am running in the Maryland Half Marathon in May to benefit the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center. As many of you are aware, Maryland half marathon has become a yearly event to raise money to support patients fighting cancer. The run honors survivors and remember those who have lost their life to cancer. For years, I was happy to monitor its success from a distance. This year I am registering to run, in hope of expanding the pool of donors and encouraging others to get involved…
I share with you a paragraph from a note I received few weeks ago from “a medical professional” who overcame her own struggles by focusing on others. In these sentences she describes what many of our patients go through… “ After almost dying after myeloma diagnosis; I was given a second chance at life, I have shared my story with many people in my personal and professional life. I talked about the fight and triumph and the relapse and breakdown…. How did I endure such a struggle for 15 years is surely a mystery? But what helped me the most was helping other cancer patients. Despite the pain, loss of independence and fear of tomorrow, I have seen many change their lives and begin a journey of self-awareness. They make peace with their shattered dreams and broken hearts. Their souls miraculously expend beyond their pain and hopelessness to touch others. They have no time for self-pity and never ask why me, they accept their fate and march with confident steps to finish what is left of their missions and continue to share the richness of their lives. “
I hope you will support me as I run the Maryland Half Marathon & 5K. Every contribution makes a difference and will directly support the Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center.
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