I'm ready to run.
I'm excited and nervous to run my first every full marathon. I was originally supposed to run one a few years ago but with injuries and COVID, my plans changed.
The real reason I'm running is for the two guys in the photo with me. My Dad on the left and my Grandpa on the right (who lost his battle to Parkinson's in 2016).
I've watched my Dad battle this horrible disease for years. It breaks my heart to see him struggle with things that used to come so natural to him before. I can't imagine the constant frustration that comes with this. When I told him I was going to run the race in his honor, he got pretty choked up. For someone with such a strong man persona, this was a big deal.
I was lucky enough to get the bid to run with the Parkinson's Champions for the Chicago Marathon this year. I'm hoping that by raising money, I can bring awareness to the Parkinson's Foundation so that they may try to improve care and advance research toward a cure.
Studies show that 2.5 hours of weekly exercise along with medication, can significantly improve quality of life for people living with Parkinson's. We run and will continue to run for people with Parkinson's because this disease not a sprint, it’s a marathon. Every dollar counts, thank you for your support!