Thanks to Ken Kotch and his foundation I will be running in the NYC Marathon on November 3rd!!! All of the money that I fund raise to be able to run in the marathon will be donated to send kids with diabetes to summer camps where they can learn to care for themselves and meet other children who share their struggles and successes. I couldn't ask for a better cause, the children living with diabetes are the future, after my personal experience with diabetes I want to do all that I can so no child living with diabetes has to experience what I did. Getting children to camps where they can meet others living with diabetes is a major part of making that happen. It is amazing how much knowing another child living with diabetes can help.
Five years ago I never thought I would be able to run a 5k never mind a marathon. I could barely ride my bike for a half hour without getting sick five years ago. The marathon will not be an end to my journey, I feel it is just the beginning. It is weird but I'm not doing this marathon for me, I'm doing it to prove to people that anything is possible. I have been told I should be dead to many times, I have had doctors give up on me, but I have also had one person believing in me through all of it. When someone that means the world to you gives hope you can't help but fight like crazy to try and say thank you. I owe my life to my wife, family and friends. I may not win any races but I don't need to, I have all I need in the people that are close to me. Seeing them at the finish is my trophy, seeing a young child with an insulin pump telling his mother about a diabetic that finished a marathon is my reward. I want to give hope to that child and any child living with diabetes, to often they hear they can't do something. I want to prove that anything is possible.
Look for links and information on how to donate right here tomorrow!!!