I wake up at 6am to run.
I wake up at 5am to watch people run.
This morning is the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. It is a race I once comemmorated by running from an actual Bank of America bank near my house to an actual Marathon gas station about 1/2 mile away. I'm already in DNation blue. I'm carbo-loading with leftover Pad Thai. I've packed a baby carrier for the puppy that will be joining us this morning. There's also a giant tent in my car, and about 3 days worth of snacks for me. Current temperature: 41F.
I'm so excited. And nervous.
As of this morning, they've raised $1,150,945.62
Each runner raised a MINIMUM of $900. Let's pretend that's an even $1000. What does that get us?
97,835 new cancer patients contacted with personalized, cancer specific information
28,775 car rides to treatment for patients
23,020 patients given free pain medicine to help deal with treatment side effects
11,510 cancer survivors trained to give hands-on support
11,510 disadvantaged patients provided case management services through an ACS social worker
23.020 parties for pediatric cancer patients, hosted by medical students
So.... there's that. And I better get moving if I'm going to start layering all my blue and red and grab a coffee before I head out. Stay warm today, and send a few encouraging thoughts towards our 900 DNation runners (and the 45,000 total runners) about to take off this morning.