This Sunday, my mom ran the Marine Corps Marathon for the second time … no small feat given that the first time was 25 years ago. (Did I mention Sunday was her 50th birthday?) We went down to watch her run, and it was a truly remarkable experience to see not only 30,000 runners but also a number of disabled wheelchair bikers cross the finish line. Seeing the expressions on runners’ faces as they rounded the last curve helped me to appreciate how long of a journey it had been for many of them. I felt very inspired to do the same someday.
This is the starting line, about 1 mile from the place where the runners actually started.
These are two of the many bikers I saw.
Here we are after the race …
The sign I’m holding says “Team Curing Hand.” The group my mom ran with represents the Ishan Gala Foundation, a charity which supports families of children with neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer, as well raising money to research better treatment. Ishan Gala was a young boy who passed away from neuroblastoma, and his parents have taken the opportunity to help many families in memory of him. Please visit their website at ishangala.org to learn more about the Gala family, neuroblastoma, and how you can help.