In the last year, I’ve been shell shocked by the amount of people in my life suffering through illness, cancer and other conditions. In the last four years, I have been fortunate enough to make positive changes, taking control of my life and body, and have devoted myself to not taking my health for granted, with the hopes of inspiring others through my actions.
Recently, my dear friend John Reinhardt has begun his second bout with Leukemia at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital in New York, after recently relocating to a new job with his husband Greg. With a fantastic set of doctors, he is remaining optimistic and in the face of illness.
My DC friends have embarked on a half-marathon with to help show our support during this time, and I somehow convinced myself that I could take part!
Obviously, taking on in under two months what takes others four months is ambitious, but I am applying myself to achieve.
In fact, before two weeks ago, I NEVER once ran a mile outside. This past weekend, I ran 7.5 miles! In the cold! Uphill! While I am a long way from crossing the 13 mile mark, I am committed to achieving this new goal, as well as giving myself some meaning and purpose in the face of all of this darkness.
We will be holding a fundraiser in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) with other friends/colleagues of John with lots of games and entertainment beginning at 7pm on Thursday, February 16th at The Blaguard (2003 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009; www.theblaguarddc.com).
If you can’t make it, you can feel free to (In fact, I’d adore you for it!) place a donation to my individual page: http://pages.teamintraining.org/nyc/halfnyc12/kjseaton, or via our team page: http://pages.teamintraining.org/nyc/halfnyc12/teamjohn. Whatever you can manage is much appreciated!
To my NYC friends and family, you can feel free to cheer me on Sunday, March 18, 2012! Thank you so much for your support!