In 2002, I met Michael, who was stricken with childhood leukemia. It wasn’t by chance. I had joined Team in Training to raise money for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and was Michael’s sponsor. I was raising money— and running a marathon—for him.
During my nine months of training, I participated in a bunch of 5- and 10k races, and a half-marathon, and felt amazed by the bonds and camaraderie between runners all across the country and from all over the world. This was my first marathon and I was hooked.