Monday, January 24, 2011

LA Marathon

This past November, I was whining to my friend Karen about how out of shape I was and really needed to do something about it as I could barely walk up a set of stairs without huffing and puffing. Karen, who is a volunteer coordinator for an awesome organization called Love Without Boundaries that helps orphaned children in China, mentioned to me that she was going to sponsor a child through the organization and walk the LA Marathon in March and why didn't I join her and our other friend Paula. After I finished laughing, I realized that she was actually serious. I couldn't believe the next words that came out of my mouth but I said yes and the next thing that I knew, I was given a training schedule for the next 16 weeks.

My first day of training way back in that first week of December was VERY difficult. I was to walk an easy pace of 3 miles. Let's put it this way, Jerry went to the gym with me and was still waiting for me after an hour and 15 minutes. Gradually, each day of walking started to get a little bit easier. As the length of walks started getting longer and longer, I had to dig deep and a lot of emotions went through me (they still do) as I trained.

When I tell people people that I am walking the LA Marathon, they think I am nuts. Sure, in the beginning, I wanted to get in shape but as those days of walking rolled by and it was just the treadmill and I, I really had time to think. Each time I want to quit, I think about all the people I am walking for. Bonnie, the little girl that I am sponsoring and all the kids in China that are just like her, waiting for forever families. The people that would like to walk the marathon but can't or think they can't. My brother Frank who was just diagnosed this last July with Stage 4 lung cancer at the age of 52.

Now that you know my "story", I am writing this post to ask just one thing of you. Please sponsor me, so Bonnie, the little girl I am walking for, can get her surgery. Bonnie has a repaired cleft lip and still needs to have her palate repaired. The amount that I am raising is $1050.00, which is the cost of Bonnie's surgery. What does $1050.00 mean to most people? A new tv, a computer, a down payment for a car. For Bonnie, this amount could mean a chance for a new life, a chance to be adopted.

Think about it. What if it were your child, your grandchild, niece, nephew or a child you deeply cared about? How far would you walk for them? I know that if it were Gracie or Kyle, I would walk forever....

Please click here to sponsor me via debit or credit card. Or, you can click on the thermometer, located at the sidebar of my blog. If you prefer to write a check, you can send it directly to me or send it to:

Love Without Boundaries

P.O. Box 25016

Oklahoma City, OK 73125-0016

Make sure you note my name and LA Marathon 2011 on the memo portion of your check.

Every week, I will update my blog to let you know my training progress is going.

1 comment:

Karen said...

You are doing GREAT with your year maybe we should run (not!)