Baltimore, MD to The Finish Line
We ended up running the last 18.5 miles together instead of doing a relay. Our whole team ran the whole way. We were separated by a few minutes. You can’t have 18 people running on the sidewalk at the same time. We met back up when we had two or three miles left and then we ran as a team into the finish line. In the harbor there, just as we did when we started, we dipped our feet into the ocean to make it “coast to coast.” Definitely some tears in the eyes coming through the finish line and giving some hugs. My sister was there with her husband, I had expected to see them. But I got a sweet surprise when my mom and girlfriend fly out. That was really special and meant a lot In that moment I thought I was going to want a shower more than anything, but that wasn’t it. When I crossed that finish line, I wanted a hug from my girlfriend and my family members there. Having that support along the way and through my life meant a lot to me. It was the best feeling being there with these new great friends and their families, sharing the moment with my family. I want to get more involved in the cancer community. So many patients I talked to are so hopeful, kind and happy. I just took that to heart. No matter what’s going on in my personal life, I can still find the silver linings. I can be hopeful and have faith something good will come of it. Talking to all those patients and survivors or those who knew people diagnosed, hearing those stories. I’ve wrestled with a lot of the lessons I’ve taken away, and I’m still kind of processing because I’ve learned so much.