Welcome to my Pacing for Parkinson's fundraising page. You may be here because you want to support my running. Or perhaps you know someone in your life who is affected by Parkinson's. Or maybe you are here for the same reason I am here, because you know and love Sandy Swink. If you never had the joy of meeting her, she is the beautiful lady in blue in the picture above.
Sandy led an amazing life and I cannot even begin to write about her here. If you didn't get the chance to meet her, I am sorry for you. She was truly incredible. Her husband Ron says regularly that Sandy taught him how to love. And that is just the tip of the iceberg. She loved all of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren so fiercely and knew just how to show it. Even from her nursing home bed, a few weeks before her passing, I watched as she tickled the feet of her great granddaughter. Even in her pain, she took joy in making others happy.
I officially started my training for this marathon in late June. As her health started to decline, and it was clear her time was growing short, for some reason it became important to me that my grandma was alive during my first training run. I chose to run this race for her and I knew it would mean something to me if she was still here when I officially began my journey. She was alive as I ran those first 3 miles and I spent most of my run thinking of how much I love her and why I was running for her. She passed away just 24 hours after that run.
Whether it was sewing Halloween costumes, making TONS of candy each Christmas, or just giving one of those perfect grandma hugs, Sandy spent her life providing for others. Running this marathon to raise money for Parkinson's research and education is my way of channeling Sandy and providing for others. Anything that you are willing to give to Pacing for Parkinson's will help me honor who Sandy was.
I will continue to think of her on every run.