This summer I met Lois through our Strong Running Mama group and through her I also met her friend Jenny. Both of these women I have come to consider friends. Jenny and I have spent a lot of time training together for the Hudson Mohawk Marathon since we had similar goals.
I first met Lois at the Make it a Great Day Half Marathon in May. There was a pretty big group of Strong Running Mamas running it and I really only met Lois briefly at the start. A few weeks later I was looking for a group to do an early weekday run with and Lois responded by saying that she and a few friends had a run planned and I was welcome to join them.
As we were getting ready for that first run together Lois pulled out an inhaler and took a few puffs. I just assumed she had asthma and asked her about it. She then told me that not only did she have asthma she was also a lung cancer survivor celebrating 6 years of life.
Her story has been an inspiration to me all summer as I trained to try to make my goal. She is one of the most positive, determined people I know. She truly lives life to the fullest. She's an amazing runner. She was not only a runner before being diagnosed with cancer but she ran her next marathon nine months post surgery and she hasn't stopped. She ran her 10th marathon on 10/10/10 and has run many more since then.
Lois, Jenny and Lois' daughter will be running the NYC Marathon on November 4th to represent the Lungevity Foundation. I encourage you to check out their page and consider donating.
I'm so excited for them. They are going to have an amazing race in NYC.