Sunday, May 13, 2007
Why I Wear The Shirt
This past Fall my father was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Even at 37 it is very sobering to watch a parent become mortal. It was at this point I began training with Team in Training to run the ING half-marathon in his honor. My F*ck Cancer shirt drove me on the mornings when it was 20 degrees out and I did not want to get up to run. When faced with a long hill at the 11th mile, I just thought about my father and went at it.
In April, I ran the ING half-marathon wearing my shirt. It was such a boost when fellow racers and spectators would begin cheering loudly when they saw me coming. Cheers like "great shirt", "you said it" and "yeah, F*ck Cancer", kept me going when I needed it most.
The biggest boost came when I saw my father wearing his shirt at the end of mile 11.
Now I try to do a run every month and every time I wear my shirt to honor my father.