This past May, Becky and I had the opportunity to participate in the Avenue of the Giants Marathon in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, CA. I have to admit the original motives for training and running this marathon were strictly selfish. We wanted to test ourselves both mentally and physically. During the first weeks of training we came to realize that we not only wanted, but needed more out of this marathon. The running became tedious and then meaningless. I don't mean to down play the hardships of training for a marathon. It was absolutely one of the most difficult endeavors I've attempted in my life. What I do mean is, I was searching for a reason greater than myself to run for.
The reason I found has been with me all along. She has been my biggest supporter and closest ally all my life. My Mom is the kindest person I know. Two years ago she was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. Through the same strength that she gave me to run 26.2 miles, I know in my heart that she will rise above this disease. Thank you Mom for being the person you are, which in turn makes us all better versions of ourselves.
The support Becky and I received through donation for the NW Parkinson's Foundation surpassed our goal and touched our hearts. The final donation total amounted to over $2000!!! We can't thank everyone who supported us enough. But thank you. Thank you for the support and love you've shown for my mom, thank you for the encouragement and motivation for the marathon. We are blessed to have such great family and friends. Thank you to everyone who donated!