Hi everyone! I am running the New York City Marathon again this year! HOWEVER...this year is extremely special because I was lucky enough to secure a spot (one of only 5!!!) on Team Spina Bifida. Not only that--but I asked my nephew Quinn, who has Spina Bifida, to be my coach and he has agreed!!! So together, we are going to make this happen! He has agreed to help me set up and monitor this page, to help me with the fundraising and to make sure I stay on track with my training. I could not be more thrilled to have him as my coach.
Quinn is 15 years old, and is an avid sports fan (especially the Iowa Hawkeyes), and a super cool nephew. He was on his high school bowling team this winter and will be on the bocce ball team this spring! Shout out to the South River Seahawks! . He loves puzzles and is also a great Bingo host. This will be his first foray into marathon training and coaching, and I have no doubt he will make an excellent coach. I am going to provide him with my training schedule (which he will need to approve) and then he will text me regularly to make sure I follow it. Anyone who knows Quinn, knows that he is definitely the man for this job. This will be my 4th full marathon, and my 2nd one since my injury-remember that one? The one where they nearly amputated my leg and told me that I was done racing? I'm not fast, but if it means we are raising money for Spina Bifida I will get it done!
Quinn and I have set a pretty big goal-we want to raise $4000 for Spina Bifida research. Spina bifida is a birth defect that occurs when the spine and spinal cord don't form properly. It falls under the broader category of neural tube defects. The neural tube is the embryonic structure that eventually develops into the baby's brain and spinal cord and the tissues that enclose them. In Quinns family, Spina Bifida affects everyone, and not a decision is made, or a minute goes by that this doesn't play into their world. Quinn himself requires around the clock care from family and a team of doctors and nurses (fortunately they are located near Johns Hopkins and are able to receive excellent care). If we can do anything to further research for Spina Bifida, we are in!
Please make a donation if you can, and if not, we still love you, please just cheer us on for this exciting adventure! Please also like and share our posts so more people see them! I am so excited to have Quinn as my coach for this event and having you on our team will make it that much better!