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The 26.2 Mile "Why"
After two marathons cut short by circumstance, and nearly three years off of running due to nagging knee and hamstring pain, the COVID-19 pandemic is just one more surprise obstacle on my way to that magical 26.2 mile finish line.
While my official Bank of America Chicago Marathon participation has been deferred to 2021, the weekend of October 10th, 2020, I will be representing Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center as a member of the charity running team Miles for Masonic, and will be running the full 26.2 miles and joining the virtual 2020 Marathon.
Why, you might ask? I’m running and raising philanthropic support to say “thank you”. As a Foundation team member, I have the privilege of working with donors every day to support the incredible programs and services we offer at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. This is different. This is me as a grateful patient giving back out of gratitude for my own care, and paying it forward for patients who deserve to benefit from these stellar services.
If it weren’t for Dr. Steven Potts, Chair of Internal Medicine, and physical therapist Jessica Stroup, I wouldn’t be running at all. They’ve not only given me my physical lifestyle back, but the most effective way for me to cope with stress, which has been a handy thing to have to navigate the unforeseen challenges of 2020.
All donations made in 2020 will roll over to my 2021 Marathon fundraising goal of $2,620. Help me say “thank you” and support our Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation team and Internal Medicine Department by making a donation, while I take on the 26.2 miles for Masonic.
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