My former hometown paper, the Allentown Morning Call, recently had a story about a woman named Sarah Blakeley who turned a tough diagnosis into a drive to run the Boston Marathon.
In February 2007, Sarah, 10 weeks pregnant at the time, was diagnosed with germ cell ovarian cancer. She was determined not to let this ruin her life. She ended up delivering the baby 6 weeks early via C-section and then started chemotherapy.
After going through intense chemotherapy post-pregnancy, Sarah was desperate for something new to focus on. She found Team Survivor. Over the next year, she did a sprint triathlon and the Philadelphia Half Marathon in October.
Now she's focused on the holy grail for most runners: the Boston Marathon. Since she'll be running it for Team Survivor, she doesn't have to qualify with a time. But I'd say that she's more than qualified for the race.
What a heartwarming story. We all run for different reasons. Sometimes we run because we want something to focus on. Sometimes we run to get away from something. Sometimes we run toward something. For Sarah, she's running for all of those reasons.
You can read her blog here. The donation link is here for Team Survivor.