Thank you Kennedys, Aunt Diane and Doug!

Note: I can’t keep up with the donations from you guys! I originally started drafting this post on Sunday, and then the donations just kept pouring in, and I was so overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity that I had to take a breather from posting – but not from running! So here are the next three of many thank yous I owe everyone.1932277_623049851778_1442254999_n

The Kennedys are one of America’s most beloved families, but the Kennedys of Ashland are even better! I met Julia when we were freshmen in high school, and we’ve been friends ever since. Drew also went to high school with us, but we didn’t find out how cool he was till maybe junior year or so. They got married in 2007 and have two of the most adorable children on the planet. The daughter’s middle name is Karen, in honor of Drew’s mom, who passed away from brain cancer in 2011. Karen was one of the cool moms – she put up with a LOT from us kids when we’d camp out in her basement for hours on end.

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I’ll be thinking of Karen as I run on April 21, and I hope you guys can make it out to Boston to watch my sweat my rear off. Thanks Julia, Drew, and family!

549485_10100832815672601_2002034841_nThis Saturday, my Aunt Diane is shaving her head for – you guessed it – children’s cancer research. She’s a breast cancer survivor and a social worker who has turned her experience with cancer into support for others. Running ain’t no thang, but shaving your head as a woman is insanely brave! Please consider supporting her, too. Thank Aunt Diane!

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Isn’t that little guy adorbs? He’s my long-distance boyfriend, Tyler. Also known as the son of my former co-worker Doug. I worked with Doug at the college before I started my job here, and he, Karolina and our boss Nancy made the job not suck a lot less. I think Doug liked me mostly because I came bearing Game of Thrones episodes every Monday morning, and also because I actually knew how to do my job, unlike my predecessor and my first replacement after I left. Doug is one of the hardest working people I know, and he made a really cute kid, so he’s A-OK in my book. Thanks Douglas!

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