Running for Anna

On December 12, 2010 our family was devastated by the loss of my niece, Anna Rogotzke, on her fourth birthday, to a rare cancer called Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma. On December 4, 2011, I ran in the California International Marathon to raise money for the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative, a leader in the fight against sarcomas. This blog is created to update those interested in my journey and progress as I train for this event and events thereafter.

....And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,
2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (Hebrews 12:1-3)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Four Months

Dear Anna,

It is pure coincidence that I created this blog on the four-month anniversary of your entrance into heaven.  I was there that day and know intellectually that you are not physically here with us but - living far away - I can almost pretend that you are still going to dance class or playing with your friends at pre-school.  Then, I see a picture of your mom, dad, and brothers and it hits me that someone is missing and always will be while we are here on this earth.  While you are not here physically anymore (though ALWAYS in our hearts), you have inspired so many included!  You are the reason for this blog and a motivation for others to help beat this disease.  Through your story, I know we can be a part of ensuring that, one day, no other child will have to endure what you did. 

Love and miss you so much,
Aunt Jen

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