We interrupt the regularly scheduled programming for something that is far more important than any babble I’ve ever posted here. I wanted to share some news about an amazing young woman and how you can help.
My friend Monika, and likely a friend to many folks in our online running community, was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor and today she had brain surgery. As scary as this sounds, Monika has been nothing but optimistic and a ray of light these past couple of weeks – just check out her blog. She is truly the definition of an inspiration.
When Monika got this news, she was in the middle of training for The Marine Corps Marathon. Of course, Monika knew that this would no longer be possible and being the runner that she is, she asked her doctor when she might be able to run again and he told her that she wouldn’t be able to for at least six weeks after the surgery, if not longer due to radiation. Thus, “Miles for Mokie” was started. From October 8-28, you can join the Daily Mile challenge and log your miles in her honor, “Like” the Miles for Mokie Facebook page and share your “Miles for Mokie” dedication, or just run and tweet / post / Facebook / pray / anything!
So tomorrow, when you lace up your shoes and head out for your run, make sure to bring along your “Miles for Mokie” sign, snap a photo, share it with the world and say an extra prayer for Monika. Then take another moment to take in the world. Everything is amazing.
Here are some other folks that have already logged Miles for Mokie (I stole the great images from the Facebook page):
Here’s to good vibes, much love, overwhelming strength and many prayers for Monika!