My family is made up of people who would give you the shirt off their back if they knew you needed it. They’re the type of people who love unconditionally and who are there, whenever you need them the most. I remember when Nate was in the ICU after the assault, one of my aunts heard that I wasn’t eating; so she took the long trek to the hospital, just to bring me a warm, homemade banana bread. My cousin drove down just because she knew I’d need a hug. Everyone was there for me in ways that left me feeling overwhelmed… and truly loved.
It’s how family should be: together and always there for each other. It’s the type of family that I want my baby to grow up in. A family of faith and of unbreakable loyalty and love.
So it didn’t surprise me when family members rose to the occasion, when yet another member needed support. My family is so large that I don’t know all of my second-cousins, but I know of them. My dad loves to tell stories of how he’d play hockey or kick-the-can with his cousins; and so often, it feels as though I grew up surrounded by them as well. When he told me that his cousin’s husband was diagnosed with the horrible disease known as ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), I definitely felt pure sadness creep over me.
They’re a good family. Once again, life has proven to not be fair. And with no cure yet, ALS is a death sentence, when there should be so much life left to be lived.
Team Don, created to show support for my family member struggling with this devastating disease and to help raise money for ALS research, was the largest team at the ALS Cure 5k! It was pretty amazing to see everyone walking and running with their bright yellow T’s, knowing that I was connected to those people, whether or not I had met them before. (Nate and I even met some of my second-cousins who were our age)!
Oh, and look who else I ran into! My brother Matt made the long drive to also be a part of the 5k.
I know everyone wishes they could do more, but it felt amazing to at least show support and to help raise money for research. And ultimately, it was a great experience. The day was filled with sunshine, and the walking route (which I did, because I’m definitely not up for running these days) took us through a quaint town center and some gorgeous homes.
(I didn’t take any pictures of the homes, as I thought that would be creepy. But I couldn’t resist snapping a pic of this amazing tree-fort)!
I chatted with my mom and Nate for most of the route, but I was also able to catch up with one of my uncles for awhile too. My dad, on the other hand, ran the 5k with my brother.
By the way, my brother placed in the 5k and won a medal! Go, Matty!!
I didn’t win any medals, but I did receive some free pizza for participating. 😉 So this pizza-loving, pregnant girl couldn’t have been happier.
Family. I love mine.
And I love that we came together to help support a cure that desperately needs to be found!