March 20th, 2014, my dad and I were wandering around Rady Children’s Hospital, taking my daily walk to regain my muscle strength. Just the day before, we had managed to walk for 30 minutes and end up at the underground connecting door between Rady Children’s & Scripps Hospital. What my dad and I thought to be a legendary and hysterical adventure, was my mom’s and nurse’s worst nightmare. But those types of stories are typical for my dad and I, wreaking havoc at the most inappropriate times.
March 20th, 2016, my dad and I embraced in a hug at the finish line of the Dallas Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon.
March 20th, 2016, marks 2 years of being a survivor of my rare, life-threatening illness. March 20th, 2016, signifies 2 years of laughs, memories, opportunities and friendships that were almost never experienced.
For my family, today is a day of celebration, a day of thanksgiving and a day of reminiscing on the multitude of emotions we experienced 2 years ago, today. It’s a day that we were never sure would come, but God willing, it did.
On Thanksgiving this past year, my dad and I decided that we wanted to run a half-marathon together on March 20th, as it would mark a day of joy and accomplishment. We agreed that in order to show our appreciation for my survival, we wanted to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals around the nation, the organization that saved my life. So, I started a Go Fund Me, sent out emails, Facebook posts, and fundraised to raise money for a worthwhile cause.
I began fundraising in the beginning of January, and as of today, the end of my 2 year survival mark, I have raised $13,650!
The amazing thing about that money, is that it came from some family, friends, colleagues, and even strangers. It came from people far and near who read about my story and felt compelled to stand together to make a difference in the lives of children nationwide. Together, we all joined hands, to act as ‘A Rae of Hope’ with the goal of providing a child another chance at life.
The money that YOU donated and helped me raise, has the opportunity to save a child’s life. It has the chance to create another “March 20th,2014”, it has the chance to establish a day of survival, opportunity and memories. This money that we have raised together, can never be put into words, the effect it can have on someone’s life.
It is the moments of unknown miracles, that we create together, that save children’s lives and elicit smiles, hope and joy within families across the nation.
Thank you for your generous donations, unwavering support and unconditional love. None of what I accomplish today, could happen without you!
If you feel inclined to still donate & make a difference in the lives of terminally ill children, click the link below!