…69 Days Until Race Day
Since yesterday was a rest day, I didn’t get to introduce you to this guy on his special day.
Today was a training day, so we can celebrate, belatedly.
When Daniel was 12, he was diagnosed with a mature teratoma brain tumor.
His treatment involved 2 brain surgeries and 5 1/2 weeks of radiation.
Daniel is now 22 and a Snowdrop Foundation scholarship recipient, but, because of his cancer diagnosis 10-years-ago, he is blind in his right eye and has peripheral damage in his left eye.
He’s had to adjust his daily life with limited vision by constantly turning his head and being more aware of his surroundings.
On the bright side though, it also made Daniel more responsible since he was put on medication. Being only 12 years old and making sure he took his medicine on time took some getting used to.
So, why was yesterday, 11-years ago so significant for Daniel? Because 02/17/06 was the day of his SECOND brain surgery and the day his tumor was fully removed.
So…we signed up.
The race was 2 loops of 13.1 miles. I finished the 1st loop in 2:11. The second loop…well, it didn’t go so well.
For signing up to race on a whim, things turned out pretty well for me though. I finished in 5:05:07 which was good enough for 12th place overall, 6th overall male and 2nd place in my age group.
Who will you meet tomorrow?