Running for my Dad's life.
Anyone who knows my dad may understand the mind-boggling thought of imagining him off the ice or the field. His life is a reflection of his passion for athletics and physical & mental fitness.
It is very important that I communicate how healthy my dad is at present; He has gotten back in the gym and is on a strict diet that has him feeling positive and energetic. He is feeling GOOD.
Times of great stress and adversity have a way of teaching us appreciation, sensitivity and a certain understanding of life. My dad's diagnosis has granted me with absolute gratitude for each movement I am able to make each day. I am officially aware of a reality in which movement in his hands, arms and legs are no longer a life-time guarentee.
I would like to make it clear that my dad was not the only one diagnosed with ALS, our family was diagnosed with ALS. A fatal disease does not only impact the person with the disease, it impacts those around them deeply.
Having moved to Europe to spend a year abroad, it is hard knowing my family is across the world and I am unable to [physically] be there for them. What this geographical disadvantage has provided me with is a lot of free time. Over the last few months I have began running, a lot.
I feel a real emotional pleasure while running because it allows me to explore the realities of my physical and mental limitations and most importantly, push past them. My runs each day provide me with incredible clarity. I often think of my dad and his pain and it motivates me to push further and harder.
In honour of my dad & each and every person who has been affected by ALS, I have decided to run 4 half-marathons in the next 7 months. I will push my body to healthy limits and work harder than I ever have for all of those who are no longer able to do so.
Every dollar that is contributed towards my goal will go directly towards Bob Acton's Journey with ALS.
I will participate in:
1) Brussels Marathon on October 5th, 2014 (Brussels, Belgium)
2) Kasterlee Half Marathon on November 16th, 2014 (Flanders, Belgium)
3) Central Park 1/2 Marathon on February 22nd, 2015 (New York City, USA)
4) Semi Marathon de Paris on March 8th, 2015 (Paris, France)
Thank you so much for the love and support.
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Avery, you have done an amazing job for an amazing guy. I was pleased that our own little fundraising effort in Toronto was able to contribute to your world wide effort. Keep running for that cure!!!!
What a wonderful thing for a special daughter to do Avery! Run run, all the best from all of us Avery
The Acton Family is very Proud of what you have taken on for your Dad. You have all our love and support . Good Luck with the marathons Avery. Much Love Always.
You go Avery...and I shall not only be thinking of you on each of your marathon dates but working to help with your mission. Lots of love from Andrew and me.