So, I've been running.
There's a backstory.
Isn't there always?
When I was little I adored my grandparents on my mother's side. I would have rather been with my grandmother than with anyone else in the world. My grandfather used to pick me up from school sometimes and I loved it. For a period of my life we lived just blocks away from them.
Then we moved to NJ.
Then they moved to FL.
Many of my Summers were spent in Florida. It was fun. Coming home was horrible. I still adored them.
My father's parents? I loved them. It was nice seeing them. But they were different. It was a different relationship with them.
As a young child I saw them as less fun and the "B" grandparents.
All of that being said, there was something special between my grandfather, on my dad's side, and I.
There still is.
It's hard to describe. It's hard to put into words.
My grandfather is a craftsman. He builds things. He creates. When I was child, my grandfather created a doll cradle for me. It was, and is, gorgeous. He put my name on it. He decorated it especially for me.
And then my grandmother told him he had to make one for each of his granddaughters, not just me.
My daughter inherited that cradle and uses it in the same manner that I did, for her dolls.
I would venture to say that I was my grandfather's favorite. And, I'm not going to lie, I love that.
I came to appreciate my "B" grandparents as I grew older. I came to view my father's side of the family as something different than what I had on my mother's side and I came to see them as more than before.
I also came to recognize my grandfather as a wealth of knowledge, strength, and, most of all, love.
My grandfather, before I was born, battled colon cancer. He lost a large part of his digestive tract. He beat cancer.
My grandfather, when I was a teenager, battled breast cancer. He had it removed. He beat cancer, again.
My grandfather, during my mid 20s, battled the beginnings of lip cancer. He had cells removed from his lip. He beat cancer, yet again.
I have been running for my grandfather.
I have been running for the man that made me a cradle and has showered me with love and stories and friendship.
I have been running because he has battled cancer and beat it, three times.
I have been running because my grandfather is one of my idols and I want to show him that his strength is what pushes me on.
And I want to run to honor the life he has lived and the life he has given to me through my parents and his love.
June 14th I will be running my first 5k to benefit the American Cancer Society. A friend and I will be running over the George Washington Bridge.
I'm scared out of my mind but my strength and my determination come from the man that I bonded with before I was born.
My strength and my motivation were born in his fight for his life the first, second, and third time around.
I am excited to be able to do this for my grandfather and for everyone else that has battled and won.
And especially so that those who battle always win and never lose.
If you can support me I would be eternally grateful. Your thoughts, words and encouragement in any way, shape, or form, is beyond appreciated!
I am running for life, and for my grandpa.
Monday, May 4, 2009
So, I've been running.
Posted by Alison McGeary-Stella at 10:51 PM