Many run from their siblings.
Me? I’ve decided to run for mine.
You see, back in March, I got the news that my sister, Lisa, had been diagnosed with Chiari Malformation. I could try to go into all the medical speak and pretend that I know what I'm talking about...but I won't. I will tell you what I gather is the gist of it. My sister's brain is too big for her skull and it's pushing into her brain stem, disrupting the flow of cerebral spinal fluid; which is also wreaking all kinds of havoc on vision, balance, hearing etc. She has also been diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a connective tissue disorder that has also caused a "cervical cranial instability."
Yea. It's official. Big Sister does in fact have a few screws loose.
So, what's next? Well, she needs surgery. On her brain. My sister needs brain surgery. Gosh.
They will need to do a decompression surgery to take care of the Chiari and they also need to fuse the C1-C2 vertebrae to combat the instability.
Good news? She’s found a very special specialist neuro-dude in Baltimore to fix her. Bad news... we need to get a hold of $10K for a deposit before they can do the surgery. Not to mention travel expenses and accommodations.
I’ve been trying to think of ways that I can help. So I’ve decided to put these two legs to good use. July 14th I will run the Boilermaker Road Race and the Anthem Richmond Marathon on November 16th. And instead of running for a decent time and a PR, I will run to help raise money for the surgery Lisa desperately needs.
For both events, I estimate that I will be running for a combined total of 325 minutes. I would like to raise at least $10 for every minute that I will be running. That would be $3250. This is a race folks, in every sense of the word.
On your mark, get set……………………GO!!
I hope you might consider helping by contributing some spare change. And if you’re not able to contribute, I hope you will consider helping by sharing or forwarding this link, by sending good thoughts, keeping her in your prayers
Not only is she Super Mom, but she is also Super Sister and Super Friend. And we all need her to get her head on straight :)