I RUN BECAUSE SHE COULDN'T
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On May 23, 2013 the world lost a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend after a long courageous battle with Sarcoidosis. Sarcoidosis (pronounced SAR-COY-DOE-SIS) is a potentially fatal inflammatory disease that can appear in any organ in ...
On May 23, 2013 the world lost a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend after a long courageous battle with Sarcoidosis. Sarcoidosis (pronounced SAR-COY-DOE-SIS) is a potentially fatal inflammatory disease that can appear in any organ in the body. Although the lungs are affected in over 90% of patients, this disease can also attack the heart, eyes, and central nervous system. My mother lived with only 20% total lung capacity for over ten years. Though her life was cut short, her courage, strength and loving heart will live on through her memory.
This November I will push myself beyond limits I have ever experienced by completing my first marathon. All donations to this cause will then be given In Memory of Mary Elayne Liljedahl to the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research. These funds will help raise awareness and aide in finding new effective treatments for this disease. My mother did not give up and wait for this disease to take her life. She fought and pushed herself everyday by continuing to do the things she loved until slowly over time she lost her ability to do much of anything. Every time I think about giving up during training or find myself thinking “this is too hard”, I remember how she NEVER gave up!
I run because she couldn’t!
This is a disease many have not heard of. If you would like to learn more visit http://www.stopsarcoidosis.org
All support is greatly appreciated! Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I continue to prepare for this hurtle. Every mile I run, I run for mom! Together we can not only bring awareness to a great cause, however, help those living with this disease find comfort through new effective treatments.
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