I have an awesome friend name Sharon. Today is her birthday but that’s not what this post is about. I’m writing because in exactly one month Sharon will be running in the New York City Marathon. Sharon’s story is inspiring in that just the past two years she’s lost a lot of weight, got in shape, and built up her strength and ability to run many, many miles.
But it gets better than that. Sharon is running as a member of Team McGraw to support the Tug McGraw Foundation. If you’re not aware, Tug McGraw is a major league baseball relief pitcher who helped the New York Mets win their first World Series in 1969. When the Mets were contending for the pennant again in 1973, Tug coined the team’s famous rallying cry “Ya Gotta Believe!” Later in his career, McGraw pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies and was on the mound when that team won its first World Series in 1980. As a result, Tug is a rare player who is beloved in both New York and Philadelphia.
Tug McGraw died in 2004 as a result of a brain tumor. Which brings us back to Sharon who is running to support the Tug McGraw Foundation and enhance the quality of life of people living with brain tumors, post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries. Sharon has been working hard to raise a lot of money, so if you read this, please consider taking a moment to donate to Sharon’s fundraising efforts and wish her well in the New York City Marathon.