From the pen of Wendi Wagner McCluskey, Esq.
herself to die after having had a stroke. Christmas Eve, she had been a vibrant
woman, smiling and bouncing her great-granddaughter on her lap; by New Year she
could do nothing but lie in bed and murmur that she was in terrible pain and
wanted an end.
Never in my life did I imagine that I would be walking
for a charity. Let me rephrase – Never in my life did I imagine that I would be
walking 13 miles, for any reason. In honor of Lally, my husband's grandmother,
I committed to walk the Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon – 13.2
Last Saturday, I did 12 miles with my training group.
If you had told me 6 months ago that I could walk/run 12 miles, I would have
told you that you had lost your last marble. I am not an athlete, but I am
actually doing it. Okay, I am doing in great pain and I don’t look so pretty,
and I am usually the last person to finish out of 20 or so people – but I am
doing it. My legs ache, but not in places they are supposed to. I think I am
not normal. But, I am determined to do this.
I have committed to raise $1,600. I am pushing to
finish my fundraising efforts by May 1st. Check out http://ttes-la.kintera.org/wendi to see how much money I have
raised – or to make a donation of your own.
Did you know that someone suffers a stroke every
45 seconds and someone dies of one every 3.1 minutes? Or that 29 percent of
people who have strokes are under age 65? Please join me in my efforts to end
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