Marathoning for My Mom

On October 12th, 2014, I will be completing my first marathon. Initially when I signed up, my goal was to inspire and motivate others who were also training for a marathon. Throughout all the training and sweat, each and every one of my Nike crew members has made huge sacrifices to achieve this goal. I am in such awe of the dedication of not just my crew but of all marathon runners. Some people might say we are crazy, but it’s the commitment and the teamwork that makes running for a marathon way bigger than just us.

At the start of my training, my beautiful mother was diagnosed with invasive lobular breast cancer. Recently, after enduring a partial mastectomy, the pathology report came back positive for cancer in the lymph nodes. Her doctors are recommending chemo and radiation therapy to treat it. They are also recommending medication for five years or more. From the beginning my mom has met each and every challenge with grace, dignity, and determination. She is my inspiration and motivation.

As my amazing and beautiful mother begins treatment this week, my new goal is to run this 26.2 miler for her. Every step and every breath will be for you, mom!

I am sharing our story to reach out to anyone who may be willing and able to help defray her medical costs in any way possible. Any money you donate goes directly towards her medical costs and any additional money will be donated to breast cancer initiatives.

We will fight together mom. I love you more!


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Gina Christine Caifano 
Chicago, IL
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