Ironman 2017; this one's for you.
Since I was a kid, I was raised to believe that with hard work and dedication, nothing is unattainable. I know in life your biggest challenges (positive and negative) are what ultimately encourage one to grow. So in saying that in September I signed myself up for one of my biggest challenges, the July 30th, 2017 Whistler Ironman.
I wanted to do this race for myself but in doing so I'd like to give back to a group of people I consider stronger and more courageous than any athlete you'll ever meet. For those of you who know me, this year marks the tenth year of my mothers passing to her short, unexpected battle with cancer. Thus, I am racing in support of those who have been lost, won or currently battling this unforgiving disease. After having something hit so close to home a few times for me and volunteering on the oncology unit at Children's hospital, I have chosen to race for the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) Foundation in BC.
Family is something I cherish and the Ronald McDonald House has been providing families with a home away from home while their children battle serious illnesses. I've seen the impact that this amazing foundation provides to families that must travel to Vancouver for their child's treatment. The new Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon, opened in 2014, can serve 73 families each night, so they need our support more than ever!
A lot of you may wonder why I chose this particular foundation. When I began my volunteer placement on the oncology unit at Children's Hospital there was a little girl I used to visit on my shift who had been battling Cancer for the awhile. Between our visits, girly chats about fashion (which I know nothing about) and our mutual love for full house we (as she called us) became good buddies. Throughout her treatment she became very sick and our visits became limited. We went from face to face interaction to note passing and waves at the door. No matter how sick she was feeling from all the medications and chemotherapy she always put a smile on her face. It's moments like seeing that little girls face light up, having nerf gun wars in an isolation room, being beat by several of the kids at any and every video game and for them to have the opportunity to just be kids are some of the small things that makes this hospital so special.
"The strongest people aren't those who show strength in front of us. It's those who are battling something we know nothing about."
this one's for you.
love you always, always.
your brown-eyed girl ♥
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