Thanks to two recent personal checks, I’m even closer to my $10,925 fundraising goal than my page shows.
Huge appreciation goes out to:
- The wonderful couple who has lived next door to my childhood home since I was 2 years old, Hal & Brenda Allen (it still feels weird to call them anything other than Mr. and Mrs. Allen but they insist). My dad still lives next door to them, and every time I’m there to visit him they wave hello. And every Christmas Eve, I bring over an enormous plate of my Christmas cookies. Hal usually requests more of the good ol’ chocolate chip cookies (just like my dad). This past summer, when I sought refuge from being on crutches here in Boston at my dad’s house, Brenda brought me over a plate of mini quiches since she knew I wasn’t supposed to be up on my leg. So when I was there this past weekend and she told me to come on over to get a check for my fundraiser, I told her I was sorry to come empty-handed but she said they looked forward to my Christmas cookies and that she was going to make more mini quiches for me at Christmastime. Yay! I love chatting with them and hearing about her life in Cambridge/Boston during her 20s.
- My dermatologist, Victoria Griffin at Brookline Dermatology, who reminds me every single appointment to wear sunscreen to reduce my risk for the most common form of cancer in the United States – skin cancer! I’ve admittedly terrible about applying it before running outside in the warm weather because I sweat so much and it ends up in my eyes, but in 2018 alone I she removed and biopsied four spots – all in places where I’ve had bad sunburns over the years. One had moderately abnormal cells so we’re keeping an eye on it and fortunately the others were all benign, but it was enough of an eye-opening experience that I started being MUCH better about finding good sweatproof sunscreen to use on long, sunny runs.