I realize this race is a tough one for me. I saw Joe train every day to run it. He was able to run the 8k one time. At the beginning of the race, they ask all survivors to remain standing and everyone else takes a knee...This was overwhelming the first time and gets harder and harder for me each year. It is amazing to see the survivors standing. But heart-breaking to not see the one who got me to do this race in the first place...He was able to stand 2 years (the 2nd year he completed the 1 mile).
As my frustration with this disease increases and my frustration with not seeing Joe - I am brought back to a comment a man made a few years ago. His wife had died from cancer and he was speaking on her behalf - he stood in front of a crowd and said, "I am a survivor." No, he did not have the actual tumor - but he is a survivor. This really hit me...We may not have the actual disease - but we are all survivors. We survive watching others take the battle on personally - we support them - we help them survive and we try to survive ourselves. So - today when I take my knee, I will cheer and support all the standing survivors and all the survivors that took a knee with me.
We will survive!
...And a Note from the Funny Farm...