The reasons people sign up to run the Boston Marathon are as varied as the number of people in the race. People often run to prove to themselves that they have actually made it through adversity. There are people who run because they lost a significant amount of weight, they run because they are divorced and finally understand that they are going to survive. They run in honor of loved ones lost in war. Some run because they have survived breast cancer. I read a story today about a young woman who ran in her third Boston Marathon today to help with her own healing and to help others survive.
The story about Lynda Nijensohn who is a mother, a wife, and a breast cancer survivor is weighing heavily on my mind today as I watch hour after hour of news coverage about the Boston Marathon explosion. I can't help watching for Lynda's face among those terrified and disillusioned runners. It is truly my hope that Lynda was able to make home safely to her family. She's been through enough!