Meet Julie Weiss, Marathon Goddess
She is running 52 marathons this year in an effort to raise hope, money and awareness for the pancreatic cancer cause. Holy Cow! Not just 1 marathon (which I think would be a rather admirable feat), but 52 marathons! In one year! Wow times fifty-two! Amazing...Strong...Passionate...
Julie runs for her father. He passed away from pancreatic cancer just one week shy of her qualifying for the Boston Marathon, a goal that he dreamed for his daughter. This cancer is cruel, devastating and heartless. It's aftermath can cripple even the strongest among us, but for Julie it only strengthened her resolve to do something positive.
She is chronicling her story here at the marathon goddess website. Truly an inspiration (have I said that yet?!). But the truth is, someone needs to carry on the fight. Pancreatic cancer is a formidable foe and too many of those in the fight are not here long enough to bring awareness and funding to the table, let alone raise hope for those following behind. Families and friends must stand up and bridge the gap for our loved ones.
But what can I do???
I'm just one person... That's what I thought, until I heard Julie's story! Her unique philosophy can apply to each of us.
Find your passion, bring out your spirit and let it shine.
For Julie it's running marathons, for you it may be organizing a Purple Light Vigil for your community, or perhaps spending 10 minutes this next Tuesday, June 26th, participating in the National Call-In Day where supporters place calls to their Congressmen and plead the case for more pancreatic cancer funding and awareness.
Maybe your passion is caregiving, advocacy or baking...
Find your passion. Bring your spirit. Let it shine.
Every now and then I find myself crazy inspired by the genuine beauty of the human spirit. For Julie's Dad, for my mom, for the many hundreds of pancreatic cancer patients and their loved ones, let the fight not be in vain.
When you do what you love, for those you love, that is where the miracles happen. Together we can make a difference, and pave the way to a happy, healthy, cancer free life.
~ Julie Weiss