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It's Not About Me -Getting Ready for the Race

Saturday, August 07, 2010

"Debbie Green was a 7 year old girl from Benwood, WV. She was like every other little girl…she loved going to school, cheerleading, and playing with her friends. Debbie was loved by all who knew her. She enjoyed life to the fullest. In 1970, Debbie was diagnosed with leukemia. For two long years, she battled the disease with courage and determination. On February 10, 1972, friends from all over the Ohio Valley put on a benefit show for her, calling it “Debbie Green Day”, helping her during her difficult time. That day meant so much to Debbie and her family, but in less than 2 months, on April 4, 1972, Debbie lost her courageous battle with leukemia. Now, from tragedy comes triumph, and from sadness comes hope. Debbie’s memory lives on with this wonderful event which benefits local children who also suffer from leukemia and need our love and support, just like Debbie did 38 years ago."

Yesterday I struggled with the "why am I doing this" question. Hubs thinks that driving 2 hours to walk 3.1 miles is just plain silly. He's trying to be supportive, but he just doesn't get it. And I can't blame him for that. But this morning I posted a link to the race on Facebook and up pops Debbie Green's story...and it hit me. The outcome doesn't really matter for me. Why did I pay money to walk 3 miles? "Proceeds of the event will benefit a local recipient who suffers from leukemia."

This is for a fellow West Virginian. It's for someone who can't think about things like running/walking a 5k, 10k, HM, or Marathon...because their thoughts are focused on getting better, on surviving. They don't question whether living is important because the choice is literally life or death. And if my little bit of money helps them or their family even a little with hospital costs or living costs, then it's completely worth it. I need to remember that tonight...it's really not about me.

The motto or tagline of this race is simple -- Race for a reason. That's what I hope to do tonight. For the WVian suffering with lukemia, for my kids who believe I can do anything and never doubt me, for my husband who puts up with what I want even when he doesn't really understand, for people here on Spark who don't think they could ever walk a 5k, and for the child I was and the woman I want to be. (Okay, so it's a little about me.)

My clothes are in the dryer now. My iPhone is charging. My kids are getting ready to go up to Grandma's for a camping trip. Hubs is getting a little more sleep. I'm looking up directions and am about to print out my receipt so I make sure I have proof that I signed up and paid. And then we're off around 2:30pm. I'll post some pictures tomorrow for everyone. And, most of all, I'm not going to focus on the fact that the scale isn't budging and I'm getting a little frustrated by it. (I'll deal with that tomorrow.)

I'll be back tomorrow as a woman who has completed a 5k.
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    As the child of a woman who died of cancer, thank you for your support of those who need it. Thank you for being selfless and generous and for using your amazing body to help others. Thank you for being wonderful.
    3924 days ago
  • no profile photo CD7009225
    Awesome blog! I can't wait to see photos and here how proud of yourself you are! The heck with that scale, you know you are changing! It will catch up.
    3925 days ago
    You are amazing girl! I'm rooting for you and waiting to hear ALL about it! emoticon
    3925 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1480519
    I ran a half for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I was overwhelmed by stories of survivors and the ones who had passed. Those carry you through those miles.

    Nice work!
    3925 days ago
  • MAGPIE17
    Have an awesome time!
    3925 days ago
    This is really awesome!! I bet if I looked around in my area I could find some benefits like this one to participate in. Rooting for you!
    3925 days ago
    I am driving 1 hour 15 to do the race as well. Maybe we will see each other there. Good luck in the race!
    3925 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/7/2010 1:23:05 PM
    Yay you! I am so proud of you! You inspire me! For the first time ever I am thinking about walking a 5k now.
    3925 days ago
  • no profile photo CD375712
    I am with you in spirit!! I am really excited about this... Can't wait to hear about it and see some pics! Woohoo!!
    3925 days ago
  • _SASX_
    You are going to have an awesome time! Can't wait to see you finish that race!!
    3925 days ago
  • ERIN1128
    You go girl! Make sure you bring a camera, so hubs can take a pic of your triumphant finish!
    3925 days ago
    Yeah, you will!!!! You are amazing :)
    3925 days ago
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