…128 Days Until Race Day
Few people impact other’s lives during a long lifetime the way today’s angel did in her short life.
This is Dana’s story as told by her mom, Jody Micheletti-Marabella.
“Dana was my first-born child, I had her at the tender age of 21. So to say she was my best friend would be an understatement. We grew up together, learned from each other, and LOVED each other in a very special way.
Everyone who knew Dana said that she had a heart of gold.
Dana truly loved volleyball. She became a leader on her high school team and as a sophomore she was named first Team All-district.
This is when Dana started having some issues.
She started becoming tired and was having trouble with her balance on the court. MRI results were life changing. They found a spot on her spine (Anaplastic Asrtocytoma).
From that day on life was never the same. Dana was fighting the fight of her life.
Dana’s fight was a short 9 months until she earned her angel’s wings.
One of Danas last wishes was that her number 45 be retired on the volleyball court at her high school. Her coach and hero, Coach Milligan, did just that!” – Jody Micheletti-Marabella
While Dana may not think she had the impact she would have liked to have had while she was alive and fighting, her impact through her passing has been more than she could have dreamed thanks to Coach Mill and the city of Santa Fe.
To keep Dana’s memory alive, Coach Mill and the volleyball teams raise money through Rally Around The Cause. To date, Rally Around The Cause has raised over $100,000 for Snowdrop Foundation to continue childhood cancer research.
I chose to honor Dana today because her mom used the word short to describe Dana’s fight. No matter if the cancer battle is long or short, there is no denying that it is hard.
Today’s run, while short, was no less difficult than yesterday’s, mainly due to the temperature, which was 20 degrees. Plus, there were more hills to content with again today?
Dana, you are a princess warrior who continues to inspire us and whose life marches on through the work and love of others, but it’s all due to your impact and influence.
Who will you meet tomorrow?