As sweet and as generous it is for virtual strangers (or all we now really virtual friends?) to offer to help me pay my way, I am pretty confident that I will be able to come up with entry fees with birthday gifts. I am not 100% comfortable accepting charity...yet.
HOWEVER, in the vein of sponsorship, I AM fundraising for a much more worthy cause than my personal running endeavors. I am a team captain for the March of Dimes March for Babies in April for the Central San Diego Stroller Strides locations. I might even run my marathon for all the March of Dimes babies out there. I have been blessed with two very healthy children. I had good prenatal care and no major complications during my pregnancies. Many women are not so lucky. Money raised by the March of Dimes will help:
- support all-important research offering preventions and solutions for babies born too soon or with birth defects
- educate women on things they can do to increase their chances of having a healthy baby
- provide comfort and information to families with a newborn in intensive care
Thanks again for the encouraging words. I feel very lucky to have this outlet. I never would have thought that I would find such an inspiring and supportive group of readers. Writing about my running exploits has been such a wonderful release for me. To find a group of people who actually read it is more than I could have asked for.