Sydney's Fundraising for Chicago Marathon 2024!
I have always said I wouldn't do a marathon. I had no desire to do one and didn't really want to! Plot twist alert: here we are!
In April 2020, I caught COVID and laid around for a couple of weeks, watching Tiger King and wondering why I couldn't smell my coffee. It was so early in the pandemic that loss of taste and smell hadn't been recognized as official symptoms yet.
And spoiler alert: the symptoms didn't go away for a long time. I struggled with long COVID the worst for about two years, and while I do not consider myself to be 100% recovered, I am darn close on any given day now at this point.
In the thick of it, I was laying in our bed, wondering if I would ever truly get better. I stared at my ceiling fan going in circles and cried and prayed and hoped. It was so bad that I could not pick up dog poop in the backyard without needing to sleep for 12+ hours afterward. I wish I was exaggerating.
As time went on and I slowly healed, including multiple relapses, i promised myself that if I ever could run again, I'd run a marathon. I would do it in the name of not taking this sport for granted.
So, here I am: one of the lucky ones from whom long COVID mostly released its grasp.
I wanted to give back to a charity that helps other sick people - and there are a lot. Ronald McDonald House Charities takes a KC team to the Chicago marathon ever year, and after hearing my friends boast about how much fun they had, I decided it was time.
SO! If you made it this far in reading, THANK YOU! Any shares, donations, or support is welcome.
A little bit about RMHC:
RMHC helps millions of families each year cope better and focus on the needs of their sick child, allowing them the ability to spend more time with their child, to interact with their doctors, and to make important decisions about their child’s care.
It costs approximately $100 to give a family one night of comfort and support. Your donation, of any amount, will not only help me achieve my goal, but will help children stay close to their families when they need it most!
Thank you again for reading, and I can't wait for October 2024!