Date of Event: June 18, 2017- Father's Day
Event Name: Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon
Location: Seattle, USA
My life suddenly changed on the early morning hours of January 2nd, 2017 when my father’s 5 year battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy ended. Each day without him since has been a struggle. My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.

Dad’s absence from my life has left me unmotivated and unwilling to complete the things that used to bring me joy. Running was something I did often, it was my way of self medicating and sorting out my thoughts. It was also something that I could no longer do without breaking down on the side of the trail, tears streaming down my face, unable to continue as I could not handle the thoughts of no longer having my father here.

This year will be a year of sad firsts for me: my first year without seeing my amazing, supportive GIS co-workers on a daily basis (these girls were my rock), eating a peanut buster parfait on Dad’s birthday without him here, turning 37 without the much anticipated birthday FaceTime call from Dad and the one first I am dreading the most- Father’s Day without my hero.

So, how do I get back to “normal”? I don't think that’s possible, I will never be the same as I now carry a hole in my heart that will never be filled. However, I do have the power to make this a year of “firsts” rather than “sad firsts”.

That being said, I have decided to run my “first” half-marathon on my most dreaded “first” Father’s Day. On June 18th, through a broken heart, a sore ankle, snot and tears, I will complete this race for my Dad.

I will be completing this race as a Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) Champion and working to help PDF #EndParkinsons. I am putting my grief towards working as a PDF Champion in honor of my Dad and thousands of other individuals and their loved ones who are impacted by the disease each day.

Parkinson’s is a chronic neurological disease for which there is no cure. Every donation really does make a difference in advancing PDF’s mission. Please help me reach my goal by making a donation today. PDF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and all gifts may be tax deductible. However, because PDF is an American organization, Canadian residents who dontate may not be able to claim the tax deduction. (Note: ALL donations are in US funds)

Your donation will help to improve the lives and futures of people touched by Parkinson’s and to ultimately find a cure and #EndParkinsons.

Thank you in advance for your support.

This race is for you Dad- always on my mind, forever in my heart.

My Amazing Father




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