Monday, February 25, 2008

It's Not Christmas

It's February 25th, not December 25th. It's not October so it can't be my birthday. Despite those facts, I received two of the most beautiful and precious gifts today.

The first gift came from my friend Donna who, if you read an earlier post, is battling breast cancer. She was my inspiration during the half-marathon last Sunday. (She is an inspiration everyday). When I completed the race, she and her husband were waiting at the finish. We posed for pictures between the hugs and tears. What I received today from her, is a picture capturing that moment. Remember the ad, "a Kodak moment." Now I know what they meant. Or the adage, "a picture is worth a thousand words." That photograph is my "Olympic Gold" medal!

This afternoon, I received my second gift. It was an e-mail from another Donna, Donna Deegan, the founder of the "26.2 with Donna - National Marathon to Fight Breast Cancer." I and probably several thousand other participants contacted her to congratulate her on the success of the event. She too is battling breast cancer. Her kind and inspirational words have brought this event "full circle" for me. She says of the events success, "it makes me think that anything is possible."

I made my room reservation last night for next year's event, February 15, 2009. If you have never run a half-marathon or full marathon, better yet if you have never run, take the time, make the effort to start training and run next year to support the fight against breast cancer. Here is the link to the website 26.2 with Donna Please take a moment to visit the site, you will come away inspired.

I will have the photo to post soon, I promise!

"Prayers & Love"


8 comments:

Donna N. said...

Every day is Christmas. Every day is a gift. Friends are presents. I'm glad you liked the picture. Just think, had I taken my scarf off we could have been twins! By the way...got my room!!

Runner's Anonymous said...

This was a great post! If I can make a suggestion, turn on the option that allows readers to email a copy of your post. This one screams to be emailed!

I'm going to send people to this from my blog.

runninggeezer262 said...

runner's anon..... thanks, I think I just correctly activated that feature. Thanks for the tip.

Robert said...

Good post! Scan the pix and post!

ShirleyPerly said...

Great post. Can't wait to see the photo!

Runner's Anonymous said...

Nice picture of you in D.C..

peter said...

Nice post. Looking forward to seeing the Kodak moment.

Jade Lady said...

Beautiful post - can't wait to see the pic.

Now for 7 random/weird things about you - I have passed you the baton - see my blog for info.