Running Forward with Hope and Love
Why I'm Inspired to Run
I am excited to be running the 40th Annual Chicago Marathon in support of the Art Therapy/Child Life program at Advocate Children's Hospital in Oak Lawn.
I began running in 2010 with a charity team who supported siblings of children diagnosed with cancer. I quickly fell in love with running for causes dear to my heart and have met many inspiring people throughout the miles. This year, I am excited to combine my passion for running with my dedication and passion for art therapy and pediatric hematology/oncology.
As the Art Therapist for pediatric hematology/oncology at Advocate Children's Hospital, Oak Lawn, I have the honor of witnessing the creative growth, healing, and transformation of my young patients. These patients and their images inspire me and often fuel my miles. Marathon training is not easy. It takes dedication, determination and commitment along with weeks of training, early mornings, and long weekend runs. Training is a roller coaster ride of emotions from fear, doubt and pain to joy, love, and pride. When the miles get challenging, when my body aches, and my mind wonders why and fills with doubt... I dig deep and reflect upon the children and teens, their inspiring stories, and their images to push me forward. I have learned so much about myself throughout the miles and in some ways have found myself in the process. I do believe if you get through the training, marathon day is the celebration!
This year is the 40th anniversary of the Chicago Marathon... and my 40th year!! Please help me celebrate this 40th year, my passion for art therapy, and my dedication to pediatric hematology/oncology by contributing to my fundraising efforts. As the Art Therapist for the hematology and oncology patients at Advocate Children's in Oak Lawn I am excited to be running in honor of my patients and to support their creative healing through art therapy.
The images above are from the 2015 Chicago Marathon. I ran with a calf strain. You may not see it in the images, but every step of that 26.2 was painful. My dear sister and wonderful friends carried me through the miles with their hugs, cheers, smiles and shared tears. This year my goal is to run my best marathon to date; raise way more than my minimum fundraising goal; and most importantly, to dedicate my miles to the many kids and teens who inspire me daily with their strength, courage, and creativity.
Running forward with hope and love.
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