I said I wouldn’t, but I did. I’ve signed up to run this year’s NYC Marathon even after everything last year. However, this year I’ve decided to run with Fred’s Team, raising money cancer research and treatment at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Fred’s Team was formed in honor of Ephraim Fischel Lebowitz, the founder of the NYC Marathon and former president of the New York Road Runners. Fred immigrated to the States in 1949, Americanized his name to Fred Lebow, took up running and used it as a means to battle the disease that ultimately took his life. I am Fred. I immigrated to the States, Americanized my name (Grace is not my legal name), and took up running as a means to battle the diseases that once were waiting for me.
I can’t say that I’ve always been one to champion cancer research. All I know is that cancer sucks and I know one too many people who have been affected by it. Most recently, my friend Liz was diagnosed with breast cancer. She’s not even 30. They caught it early and for that I’m thankful. She’s been incredibly brave. I think I’ve been in denial about it because she’s so young, but I’ve also been incredibly frustrated because I haven’t been able to do anything about it.
I’m running with Fred’s Team to raise money to help find a cure for my friend Liz (and your friends), and to honor those I’ve lost: my grandmother, my grandfather, Ann Clark, and Tom Clark. Running 26.2 miles doesn’t scare me, but fundraising does and I’m asking for your help.
In exchange, I will proudly wear your name (or your family member’s name) on my tech-tee on November 3 when I run the NYC Marathon.
If you are unable to donate, I’d greatly appreciate your helping spread the world. Share this post on Facebook and Twitter. I’ll be updating you regularly while I train, volunteer, and learn more about Fred’s Team and cancer research. All the more reason to follow LGC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram if you aren’t following already 🙂