A message from Susan Farnum (Feb 23, 2013):
Other than the fact that February weather in RI has forced most of my runs indoors, my training is well underway. I’m running about 20-25 miles a week now. My longest run thus far was last weekend's 11 miler; luckily for me, this was on the flat, sunny roads of SW Florida while visiting my parents. The scenery included an alligator in the distance sunning himself on a golf course- definitely a variation from my usual view of our boiler and summer patio furniture jammed in our basement.
Other than occasional sore knees and muscles, physically I feel good. During my weekend runs - which now are usually at least 2 hours long- my thoughts always gravitate to the reason I'm running. As Isabel's birthday approaches (March 7th), I think of the incredible fight she demonstrated immediately upon her birth at 2 lbs 2 oz. I think of so many others we are assisting through the GRACE foundation who continue to face and fight their own health-related challenges. It is at that point during my run I think, you know what? My knees aren't bothering me quite as much as I thought.
I continue to be buoyed by the constant - and unbelievably generous- support of friends and family, both near and far; those in our everyday lives and those we unfortunately do not see as much as we would like.
The fundraising effort for the scholarship is well underway, so if you haven't already please consider a donation to Isabel's scholarship.
A message from Susan Farnum (Jan 30, 2013):
My training has begun! I am preparing to run the Cox Providence (RI) Marathon on May 12th, 2013. During the upcoming months while I train for the race, I am raising money for a cause near and dear to my heart.
The timing of this marathon is of great significance: this year the race falls on Mother’s Day, it is the day before I turn 40 (gulp!), and it is one day after the 1-year anniversary of the passing of our precious daughter Isabel. Without a doubt it will be a physically and emotionally challenging weekend.
Although the physical aspect of preparing for a marathon is daunting (it has been a decade since I ran 26.2 miles, and I am certainly no speedster!), I have a focus that will help me achieve this goal~ I am raising money for a college scholarship that was created in Isabel’s name through the National GRACE Foundation. This wonderful organization is one of which I have been happy to be a part of since its inception 2 years ago. In memory of our Isabel, Dave and I invite you to consider donating to this scholarship created in Isabel's memory. The eventual scholarship recipient will be a pediatric cancer survivor/fighter who is attending college. Although cancer was not Isabel’s ‘story’, she indeed was a fighter and we are pleased that her name will be associated with something benefiting others.