Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Cure JM Before I Keel Over Trying

i need a cure jm You know those people who obnoxiously tweet, Facebook and blog widget their running times and distances?

I hate them.

I exaggerate.

I only hate every fiber of their obnoxious “put down the Doritos and look at me acting all superior and health-conscious” beings.

Know who hates them more than me?

My Love.

But only because she can’t be one of them.

After running two marathons and three half-marathons over the years to raise money to help find a cure for Li’l Diva’s juvenile myositis, My Love has been officially scratched from the Baltimore Running Festival on Oct. 13, 2012. She goes under the knife next week to repair a torn meniscus in one of her knees.

In her place, will be …

<Gulp> Me.

Yes, after years of passing out water to nearly passed-out runners, sweeping up their discarded cups and ringing cowbells for encouragement, I will be running this year. Really.

And so will 10-year-old Excitable.

Yes, we Uncool dudes will be side-by-side, desperately trying to drag each other through the most grueling of all the runs – the 5K.

Stop giggling.

For a dad who runs like he has a refrigerator on his back and his son who finds changing his underwear a challenge, a 5K is no cakewalk. (But it is the equivalent of about 25,000 Twizzlers laid end-to-end.)

We’ve been training for a week now, and I’m happy to report there has only been a few sore leg muscles (both of us), a couple of side cramps (the boy)and one near vomiting (lesson learned: don’t carb-load on donuts prior to your run). All the while I keep telling Excitable, “It’s not speed we’re going for, it’s avoiding death. Or worse, embarrassment.”

So please support the two of us by making a donation, big or small, to the Cure JM Foundation, the all-volunteer nonprofit dedicated to putting an end to this potentially devastating, sometime fatal autoimmune disease. Here’s how:

1) Make a secure online donation via credit card online. Our family’s fundraising page is: http://tinyurl.com/JM-donate-online

2) Fill out this form then write a check to "Cure JM Foundation," put in the memo section that you are sponsoring Kevin and Rhonda McKeever, and then mail it to:

Cure JM Foundation
836 Lynwood Drive
Encinitas, CA 92024

Now excuse me. I gotta run.

7 comments:

  1. Kevin, you're going to do great. It's awesome that you're in this run and that you're raising money. Keep up the training. :)

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  2. You can do it, buddy. Have Excitable run half & you run the other half. Relays are all the rage these days.

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  3. I got so wrapped up in 'this is all about you' I completely forgot to say, "Dayum, woman, why'dja go and tear that meniscus?" Hope the surgery goes well & healing is quick.

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  4. When will they invent fundraisers in which participants see how many donuts they can eat?

    Best of luck to you!

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  5. You had me at "Twizzlers."

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  6. Good luck to you. And I will be wishing your wife a VERY speedy recovery!

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  7. Non-running me has been helping my non-running Mom through a double knee replacement recovery the last three weeks, so I send my best wishes for your love's recovery, and your run. My non-running knees ache just thinking about it.

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