Why are you running in support of Legacy of Hope?
In the work that I do as a palliative care social worker, I witness how cancer impacts people in so many ways – physically, emotionally, socially, and financially. Legacy of Hope helps people with cancer not worry about losing their home or their next meal – they show up for others. I run because I can and have the physical ability and resources to do so – it’s my turn to show up and support this incredible organization.
How long have you been running?
As long as I can remember. I started running when I was a kid with my dad. Throughout the years, I continued to run and ran my first marathon in 2004.
What advice would you give to someone running a half marathon for the first time?
Remember why you signed up in the first place – maybe it was a personal accomplishment or to raise money for charity. Whatever the reason, when it starts getting hard (and it will) – keep this in mind. Embrace your inner spirit because crossing that finish line is a feeling many people will never experience.
What motivates you to keep going in a race, or life, when things become difficult?
Just like a race, in life, I remember that not every run or every day is going to feel amazing but won’t ever experience those highs if I don’t continue to show up.
What kind of work do you do?
Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Therapist – I work at Penn in Palliative care and have a private practice.