I am proud to be running the New York City Half Marathon, the ING Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon and the ING New York City Marathon 2010 as a member of Team McGraw for the Tug McGraw Foundation. The Foundation seeks to raise awareness and improve the quality of life for those patients and caregivers confronted with brain tumors. As a part of Team McGraw, I am raising funds to support research in this effort.
As a lifelong Mets fan, I have always been a fan of Tug McGraw’s. Ya Gotta Believe was the Mets rallying cry in 1973, and it has been an inspirational motto for me since childhood.
I started running about ten years ago, but stepped up my efforts at the end of 2008 when I enrolled in Weight Watchers. Losing 40 pounds was a pretty daunting proposition, but the Ya Gotta Believe attitude helped me feel that my goal was attainable. Up until September 2009 I had never run more than 10K, but that month I ran my first half marathon. After that, I decided that I wanted to run the New York City Marathon. When I learned that I could run the 2010 Marathon by raising money for Team McGraw, Ya Gotta Believe that I was on board. Tug helped me believe that you can accomplish anything that you set your mind to do, and I’m thrilled to be training for the Marathon while helping the foundation that was created in Tug’s memory.
Additionally, I am running these races on behalf of Connor McKean, a young Mets fan who was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor called an ependymoma on October 17th 2007. The Tug McGraw Foundation is funding the kind of research that will allow Connor to live the kind of life he lived prior to his diagnosis.
My fundraising goal is $4,500, in honor of Tug, the most beloved Number 45 in all of baseball. This is The Drive For 45!
Thank you for your support of this worthy cause. Ya Gotta Believe that we're going to make a difference!