Participating today in Fitness Friday.
I decided to do something different today and I asked my friend Ashley to guest post on my blog, I was thrilled that she accepted the invitation! I have known Ashley most of my life. I still remember around the age of 10 running our first race together, a half mile kids fun run. Also as young kids we would go and wait at the finish line of the St. George Marathon while we screamed and cheered for our dads when they crossed the finish line. Maybe all or part of that had everything to do with the fact that eventually both of us turned into marathon runners ourselves:) This weekend Ashley is running the London Marathon, but not just for herself. She can tell you best in her own words....
" I love running. I also love that I am a girl, an average girl, who can run run run. After a couple of years of trying to get into the Virgin London Marathon I finally was given the opportunity through my local running club. Have I died and gone to heaven? I get to run run run AND do it through the streets of London? Ecstasy! The only way that this opportunity could have been better was to be able to use my opportunity to do good for someone else. My friend Pat was diagnosed with Sarcoma Cancer 2 years ago. The cancer was in the blood vessels of her nose which meant she had to have her nose and a large portion of her palate removed. What a courageous woman. Pat asked me if I would use my Marathon opportunity to raise money for Sarcoma Cancer and I could tell that this was not an ordinary fundraising opportunity, Pat asked me with a look of hope, purpose and a desire to help get the answers and possibilities that would help her in her battle.
|Pat & Ashley|
I had just finished my exhausting 17 mile run when I received an email from Pat and Malcolm telling me that Pat's Sarcoma has now spread to her brain and lungs and they don't know how much longer she will live. I. Am. Gutted. Pat is hanging on determined to see my run through and to show her support to everyone who has shown their support to her. As I am plugging away through the last leg of the race and I know that my only objective will be to endure to the end I will be thinking of Pat and praying that I have the strength to show the same perseverance and endurance that she has shown me is possible.
Thank you to those who have donated to Sarcoma and to Pat.
If you haven't and have any amount to contribute small, medium, or large it would be more than appreciated. "
This link will take you directly to the contribution page.
Ashley Talbot - AKA "the Ash-phalt Kicker"
Thank you Ashley for telling your story and sharing with me and my readers this amazing opportunity!!!
Feel free to leave a comment and cheer my friend on as she gets ready to fulfill a dream and run the London Marathon in a few days:)
I just want to say GO GO GO and RUN RUN RUN and kick some "Ash-phalt" this weekend Ashley!