Monday, November 22, 2010

What inspires you?

The holiday season is upon us and as the saying goes it is a time for giving. I have come to realize that one of life's greatest gifts is inspiration. It is the gift that keeps on giving. There are many things that inspire us all. Perhaps it is something as simple as someone holding a door open for you, or as thrilling as watching a challenged athlete run through the streets of New York City.

Maybe it's watching a friend complete their first marathon...
Or as difficult as watching a friend or loved one fearlessly battle a life threatening disease.

My brother in law who recently lost 50 pounds and is now under 200 pounds (one something as we like to say) for the first time in more than 10 years is inspiring many. Below is a quote from his recent post "One Something" that I love.

Some of you have already called me to congratulate me and even called me an inspiration. I am very appreciative of the attention and humbled that I could inspire you. But I did want to say that I won't accept any gratitude of inspiration if you don't take some positive action in your life that I help motivate you to do. Otherwise it's just my story. If I have truly inspired you then its OUR story.

If you are inspired do something positive. That will be the greatest gift you can give those who have inspired you.

I do feel a sense of inspiration from many different things. But my leading inspiration is my wife. For those of you who know her, no words are needed. For those who don't, simply put, Tani is unconditionally kind and supportive to all (with her Javelina Jundred buckle below). Let's give back to Tani and be kind to someone today.

What inspires you? We want to know.


Sunday, November 14, 2010

The MMRF Rocks at the ING NYC Marathon

The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation is the charity for which I run (my daughter and I with MMRF Co-Founder Kathy Giusti). To read about this incurable cancer and the MMRF click improving lives.

Last Sunday the 2010 ING NYC Marathon was held and the MMRF and all its runners were out there pushing and fighting in honor and memory. The NYC Marathon is a truly special day for New York and the many charities that are able to raise money through it. In total more than $30 million dollars was raised for the many charities represented. I am pleased to say the MMRF raised $550,000 this year in NYC alone.

Congratulations to all runners but of course I need to give a special shout out to the MMRF runners. You all rock and we raised a ton of money. Awesome!

Thanks to everyone who donated to my runs and all the other MMRF runners this year.

And as always, a very special thank you to Alicia O'Neill and Jane Hoffmann. They head up the Endurance Program at MMRF and do an incredible job.

Slide show follows of course. Peace!

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