On Sunday March 19th, I will be running the NYC half marathon on behalf of Caring Kind, (FKA Alzheimer's Association New York City Chapter). I am compelled more than ever to participate and run with my heart, in honor of my father, Stewie Fink.
It has been quite a year, one filled with happiness, sorrow and above all, memories. It took a while to get here, but I am so thankful to finally be able to recall so many happy memories, before my father’s identity slowly ceased to exist. Most of these memories come to me when I’m out there, running. I know how lucky I am to be Stewart Fink’s daughter.
During this past year, I may have officially become “a runner.” Magnolia and Lulu know that mommy tries to go for a daily run, upon which they give me a kiss and remind me to ‘run hard.’ Aaron too knows that running has become a part of me – it’s just one of the places I want to be. Every time I run, every single time, I consciously take a deep breath, pause and just take it all in. It has come to the point where running is my catalyst for remembering. Remembering all of the loss and suffering, the painful stripping of identity and self-awareness that my father went through. I also remember the support and community I found all around me. In addition to the support from friends and family, CaringKind offered resources unlike any other – a plan and an ear, as well as a constant check-in, which we so desperately needed. I am running to help support their mission for both finding a cure for this tragic disease as well as supporting those families and loved ones caring for those suffering.
Last year you supported me for this run and helped me raise over $8,000! My goal this year is lofty – to raise $10,000 for CaringKind. I know we can do this. I hope you will again consider supporting my fundraising efforts. Every dollar counts and is so very much appreciated! Thanks in advance for all of your support! Please pass this along to your friends and family who you think may want to support the Alzheimer’s Association. I hope to see many of you out there on March 19th.