I started running almost 2 years ago to get in shape after baby number 3. I've come to love running, but certainly not without some motivation and encouragement from friends along the way. Ashley Daniel, both a neighbor and friend of mine, and I became very close during our long runs together. Ashley and her husband Zack decided they were going to run the Chicago Rock and Roll Half Marathon for their anniversary. I decided I would run in Chicago as well that year. As running goes, the race was challenging, requiring mental fortitude and perseverance, but very rewarding after weeks of disciplined training. For me the rest is history. I've completed several races since then. Running is a part of my life--an outlet, a mental and physical challenge, an opportunity to push myself further. For Ashley and Zack, things changed… Ashley became pregnant with her 5th little blessing. At 20 weeks they learned that something was very wrong with their sweet little baby's heart. He had Hydroplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) aka half of a heart. Caleb Daniel was born April 10, 2013. He has since had 2 major heart surgeries and many other complex procedures. Caleb has spent most of his life at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. Ever since learning about baby Caleb's condition, I have been brought to my knees--grateful for what I have, and touched by the faith and courage of the Daniel family in light of the challenges that lie ahead. Caleb's family has shown the world what courage, prayer, and faith can do.
As a sign of support for the Daniel family, I've decided to train for and run my first full marathon. To honor Caleb and his strength and fight ahead, I am asking for any sized donations to be made towards Caleb's benefit fund. Every dollar raised will go towards Caleb's ongoing medical expenses. You can follow Caleb's story through Ashley's blog: http://zackandashleydaniel.blogspot.com.Thank you so much for your support.
If you would prefer to make a donation by check:
Caleb Daniel Benefit Fund
713 Braemere Drive