For the past two years I have been partnered with Emma, a member of the Gaucher community for the Running for Rare team. This year I am very excited to be partnered with the Szajnuk family, who represent the undiagnosed community. This is the 8th year that I have been running on the Running for Rare team. This is a special year for me as I will be running in the Boston Marathon (supporting PK and his patient partner Bug in addition to the Szajnuk family). In May, I will be running in the Providence half-marathon and in July at IRONMAN Canada for Gina and her beautiful family of undiagnosed children. I wanted to introduce the Szajnuk family and Gina has written a great introduction to her family and how they live in an undiagnosed world of being medical refugees.
AndrewÂ isÂ RUNNING FOR RAREÂ forÂ Ava,Â OskarÂ andÂ Lucy! We are so excited to have Andrew in our lives. He is running theÂ The Boston MarathonÂ onÂ Monday, April 16th! We have gotten to know him through FaceTime, phone calls and texting. We are going to be able to FaceTime with him during The Boston Marathon!Â Ava, Oskar and Lucy think Andrew is so AWESOME!Â For me,Â the mom/Gina, it means more than words can express…
Not only is he running for my threeÂ Rare and Undiagnosed children, he is running for me.Â As aÂ Rare and UndiagnosedÂ mom, I was a huge runner before I had my hip surgery. I have not gone for a run in almost five years now. I am due for my second hip surgery.
He is definitely running for Ava. When Ava runs, she is in pain immediately. Her teeth and chin hurt. I remember watching her on the last day of Kindergarten in a race around the track. She started out in first place. By the end of the race, her face was bright red and she could barely walk. She finished the race holding her left side. She couldn’t speak. She was in so much pain. She didn’t give up. She crossed the finish line.
Oskar can run. He came in fourth last summer in a race around the track. He was the shortest kid but he was fast!
Lucy. Not so much. She didn’t even want to try to run around the track with Oskar and Ava. It was too hot and she was heating up inside.Â They were nice enough to still give Lucy a medal.
When I think of Andrew running for us, I start to get my happy tears! Not only is he raising awareness for #RareDiseases, he is raising awareness for our family, #UndiagnosedDay. We live in the world of the unknown and in pain every single day. We have been on ourÂ diagnostic odysseyÂ Â for over four years now. We spend our days raising awareness for Utah Rare families, RUN families and the entire Rare and Undiagnosed community. To have Andrew raising awareness for #TheSzajnuks…makes me feel so very blessed.
Thank you, Andrew, for bring a little light to our dark journey. We are here to lift you up during your runs and to give you the strength to go the extra mile.
You are Running For Rare
You are Running For Ava, Oskar and Lucy
You are Running For me
You are Running For all of ourÂ RUNÂ Â families
You are Running For all of ourÂ Utah RareÂ families
You are Running For all of ourÂ UndiagnosedÂ families
As one of our RUN dad’s,Â Gabe Valdez, says:
#RareUndiagnosed #RareDisease #BostonMarathon #Running4Rare #UndiagnosedDay #TheSzajnuks