All I ultimately wanted to accomplish in life was simply to make my mom proud through my accomplishments as an adult. She sacrificed so much for my older brother and I to be successful as 1st generation Americans. Once my mom was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, I felt like the time I anticipated her having to witness these triumphs was in danger especially with all the unknown that comes with the disease. Through reflection recently, I realized I underestimated the person, the survivor, the mother that I’ve been blessed to still have on this earth because of her resilience. I also realized there’s much for me to be proud of her for as well. 15 years ago my mother first shared with me that she has this disease. Since then, I have ran 8 half marathon races, for the P4P team, stopping in 2019. I have re-committed myself to doing what I can in honor of my mom because she’s yet to stop battling in her marathon, and neither should my support of the cure finding effort. NGO like Pacing 4 Parkinson’s are trying create a better quality of life for those with the disease or even one day discovering a cure. But for now and today, I want my mom to know I’m proud of her and how she has embraced this unknown and where it would take her life. She is still running in the marathon of life and doesn’t intend to stop anytime soon. That has been motivation enough for me to embark on my toughest challenge to date, my 1st marathon. Mom always said “The race is not for the swift, but for those who can endure it til the end.” That is what I intend on doing! Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to share a part of our story. Any donation/contribution will be well received.