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Get Lucky Week and Other Thoughts

on March 11, 2013

Wow….it’s been February 8th since I last wrote.  Where did that month go?  I’ll tell you where it went.  Honor bands and basketball.  I am a music teacher and nearly every weekend since Feb. 8th we have been taking students to honor bands, my son included.  My son also plays varsity basketball and our night were filled with game.  Suddenly, all that is over and you feel like life fastforwarded.

This Saturday is the Get Lucky Half Marathon in St. Paul, MN.  It’s a GREAT St. Pat’s Day themed race.  This will be my 3rd year running it.  The first year that I ran in this race was the very first year they had a half.  The Get Lucky used to only be a 4 mile.  I love that Team Ortho added the half option.

If you’ve followed my blog at all, you know that my friend Melissa is running with my this year.  She has never run in an official race EVER and also has never run a half marathon before.  So this is a really big deal for her.  We are running to honor her 15 year old nephew Alex who was diagnosed with Lymphoma this past January. 

So the Get Lucky is this Saturday, and I find myself feeling sad about it.  Why?  Because I heard from Melissa that Alex is in the hospital again with complications from cancer and chemo.   My dad had Lymphoma and was also hospitalized several times as well so I understand how this feels.  My heart just aches for their family. 

Melissa and I will have fun together, there’s no doubt about that.  But we will be thinking of Alex and his parents.  No matter how difficult the half is….no matter the weather conditions (and we just got 10 inches of snow last night and it’s still snowing)….it’s nothing compared to what Alex is going through. 

Sometimes it’s so easy for us to get caught up in ourselves.  What’s going right, what’s going wrong.  Our successes, our failures.  As runners, we post all the time what a great run we had…I’m guilty of that.  We post pictures of ourselves after a run either to just post it or to have a chance of winning a prize in a virtual race.  I’m guilty of that.  And I will post pictures of Melissa and me at the Get Lucky. 

But what I hope for most about those pictures, is that if Alex sees them, he knows that for this race, it is all about him.  We have him and his parents in our hearts this Saturday and every step of the way honors them.  And I hope he will look at our pictures and in some way feel our support.

I will leave you with a picture of Alex.  Recently at one of the basketball games (he was a basketball player) we had pep band.  Alex felt well enough to come to pep band and play his trombone.  It was a great thing to have him up on the stage with us.

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One response to “Get Lucky Week and Other Thoughts

  1. Prayers for Alex. Leukemia is evil, sneaky, and, well, every bad name in the book. 😦

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