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INSPIRATION – Running Blind to Save Lives

By Laura King Edwards

I’ve run thousands of miles for my sister since watching her cross the finish line of the Jingle Jog 5K in 2008. I’ve won awards and set several personal records earlier this year. But I’ve never come close to achieving the feat she accomplished, because I’ve run every race with my vision.

That’s why, to honor the five-year anniversary of Taylor’s achievement, I’ll run the 2013 Thunder Road Half Marathon blindfolded.

I’ll be tethered to my friend Andrew Swistak. Andrew works at The Fletcher School, where Taylor spent six wonderful years. We started training in June, and I remain in awe of Taylor’s spatial awareness and courage. We have some work to do before Nov. 16, but we’ll be ready.

We want to turn Thunder Road purple for Taylor’s Tale, the nonprofit organization founded in Taylor’s honor. Join our team and help fight Batten disease. Visit my blog at www.writethehappyending.com for more details, and contact me with questions. To register, visit www.runcharlotte.com and select “Taylor’s Tale” as your team. If you’re already registered, it’s not too late; just drop me a note on my blog to get squared away.

Taylor’s Tale is co-funding leading-edge gene-therapy research at the University of North Carolina that could bring hope to people with Parkinson’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease and even Alzheimer’s disease. To learn more or make a tax-deductible donation, visit www.taylorstale.org.