I am not a runner. In fact, I struggle each morning to put on my running shoes and head out the door. Not far into my run I can smell fresh cut grass through the humid Naples air. Yes, I enjoy that moment but then I’m reminded of my heavy breathing and again concentrate on my pace. I try to stay motivated as I approach the fifth mile and begin to think how this run is clearing my mind, helping me to lose weight and a thousand other benefits!
Honestly, none of these so called benefits are motivating. Then I am reminded of Kiara’s Halloween story. Two years ago on Halloween Kiara was having trouble keeping her balance. Tests confirmed the worst – Kiara had brain cancer. St. Jude identified her tumor as a medulloblastoma. After seven rounds of chemotherapy and weeks of radiation at St. Jude the cancer began to subside. Kiara did go “trick or treating” this past Halloween but this time in a wheelchair.
I run for Kiara and those children who cannot run. Whenever I get lazy and don’t want to put on my running shoes, I think about the kids at St. Jude lying in their beds just wishing they could go outside to run and play. Today as I approach the ninth mile in my run and getting tired, my thoughts return to Kiara sitting in her wheelchair and she keeps me going. My motivation is simple; I run for the children at St. Jude because they can’t
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God bless you and your family!
Dr. Anna M. Avola
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