A moment with Harmony
- day 3
It is 8:30 p.m. and I am home from a three day whirlwind experience running with Ulman Cancer Fund and Rev3. I am exhausted but I wanted to take a moment to put some of my thoughts on paper. My husband Ryan was diagnosed in October with a very rare form of cancer. Through a series of events that only God could orchestrate I found Brian at Ulman Cancer Fund and Charlie at Rev3. The next thing I know through a series of conversations I am set to come and join the team running across America. When I flew in and met the Rev 3 family in Oceanside I was overwhelmed with their generosity and passion for what is sure to be the most epic journey.
I was set to run with the first team out and we would tackle the first 50 mile shift beginning at midnight. This leg would prove to be the most difficult out of the three 50 mile shifts I ran with the team. There were hills on top of hills with not much relief. I was not sure how this would work out or how I would hold up. I was thrown in a van with strangers in the middle on nowhere. I was so thankful and happy to have been placed with the most amazing people that inspired me but more than anything they made me laugh a lot…but that is another post.
I am leaving the experience with deep connections and a huge amount of respect for the entire team. There were many tears and reflection along the way. I felt safe, supported and encouraged by everyone. This is what makes Rev3 and Ulman Cancer Fund so amazing. When I ran I thought about my husband many times and the fight we are in and how badly I want to walk away winning! I know this is not in my hands but I am hopeful and feel refreshed and strengthened through this experience. While I ran I thought about close friends and new friends who also know what it is like to have that fateful day when you are diagnosed with cancer. It breaks my heart but also stirs a fight and passion deep within me that gives me courage to do more and be more.
There were hills when my quads were be burning and I was tempted to walk but then I would think about the strength and bravery it takes to fight cancer and that would always help me pick up the pace. Facing cancer is not easy but it is important to know that you are not alone. When you are on the road with cancer you can’t stop or quit, you have to run, moving forward and dreaming of better tomorrows, and this is exactly what Run Across America is doing!! GO team!!!!