Welcome to Emilie's Fundraising for Chicago Marathon 2019 October 13, 2019
Gambling on the boat for my 21st birthday.
Teaching Nana about selfies and how to use a selfie stick. Selfie with all her granddaugthers
Nana, Papa and Mom
Nana, Betsy, Allison and myself if in Branson
Aunt Brenda and Nana in Branson MO
Easter Time with Bob and Tim!
Mother Daughter Bonding Time!
With Nana and Papa before our dance recital
The Funniest Person I know!
Christmas time with Santa Claus!!
Nana and Papa
Nana and Papa
Nana and Papa's wedding - Happily Married for 60 years!
High School Graduation 2010
College Graduation 2014
Nana with me, Ava and Spencer
Nana at Christmas
In June of 2017, the day after my 25th birthday, Nana died of pulmonary fibrosis. I not only lost a grandmother, but a best friend. Over the years, Nana and I developed a friendship as deep as you can get with a grandmother and granddaughter. Our friendship consisted of lots of laughter, smiles and good memories - whether it be eating Nana's "secret stash" of chocolate late at night and laughing when my mom caught us or being the first one I wanted to call when I came home after 4 months of being in Ireland.
When pulmonary fibrosis took Nana's life I decided that my next big race would be the Chicago Marathon in her honor. Throughout my years of cross country and running larger races later on, Nana would call me after each race to hear how it went. She always wanted to hear all the details about the race and how I felt. Even though she was never able to make a race in person, she was my biggest supporter. I remember talking to her about running years before she passed away, and she said "Emilie, you love running so much, you are going to run a marathon one day." I remember thinking "Yea that will never happen" But she continued to believe it would happen. So obvisously running my first marathon in honor of Nana just makes sense.
My fundraising goal is $1,500 because Nana's birthday is June 15. We shared a birthday month which always made it super fun and special because we would be able to celebrate together. By setting my goal to her birthdate is a perfect way to celebrate her life instead of mourn her death.
I really look forward to the experience of running my first marathon and am really excited to be running for the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. I know Nana will be with me every step of the way!
Thank you for support while I run my first marathon and donation to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation!
About Pulmonary Fibrosis
Pulmonary fibrosis (PF) is a condition that causes lung tissue to become thickened, stiff, and scarred. The lungs eventually lose their ability to transfer oxygen into the bloodstream, making everyday activities such as breathing and walking extremely difficult. It is a progressive disease, which means it tends to worsen over time. Every individual diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis has a unique experience with the disease and there is no “standard” or expected clinical course.
With no known cure, the disease is often fatal within three to five years of diagnosis. In the United States, PF affects more than 200,000 people.
Because of the work of the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF), there is hope for those living with PF. Your donation helps fund crucial research, increase awareness, and sustain vital programs that help people with PF and their families live better lives.
I imagine a world without pulmonary fibrosis. Thank you for helping me lead the way!