On May 21 while I’m running the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, my family in Seattle will be completing a special race in honor of my sister-in-law, Tracy. A little over a year ago, Tracy was in the ICU trying to wrap her head around her diagnosis – type 1 diabetes (T1D). Prior to this, she was healthy, ate well, exercised, and had no indication that her body was sabotaging itself. There is no cure for T1D. It’s not like type 2 diabetes we hear so much about that can be cured with diet and exercise. The pancreas stops producing insulin, which is required to turn food into energy, and blood sugar levels must constantly be monitored and insulin given to live. Although devastated, Tracy persisted. She adapted to the new normal and became an advocate for diabetes management and research. In less than a years’ time, she went from hospital bed to totally kicking ass at the Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon in Arizona in January and setting a PR. We were all so proud of her, and she is definitely T1D Strong! I also had the pleasure of completing the FroYo Run with Steve and her in July 2016 and the Seahawks 12K earlier this month. The difference was night and day, and I had trouble keeping up with her this time on the rolling hills.
Tracy, my brother Steve, and many of her family members will take to the streets of Seattle for the Nordstrom Beat the Bridge, which raises funds to cure, prevent, and better treat T1D. Unfortunately, I am unable to join them, but I’m running my marathon and wearing purple in honor and support of my amazing sister. A race takes on a new meaning when you run with a purpose, and I am proud to be a member of Team Lesco.
If you feel inclined to help our family and others throughout the nation, I encourage you to donate to Team Lesco. We are raising money for JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), so one day, they can help find a cure for T1D. The goal is for type 1 to be type none! Here’s the team link: http://www2.jdrf.org/site/TR/Walk/JDRFNorthwestChapter4700?team_id=230175&pg=team&fr_id=6468