Sunday, April 5, 2009

Numbers

I was doing some sobering math problems this morning as I drank my orange juice and pretended that I was feeling better than I really was.

So, my marathon took me 5 hours and 10 minutes (about).

During that time, SIXTY TWO people died of a blood-related cancer.

124 were diagnosed in that same window of time.

At about every half mile (a little less) that I reached, someone died and two people were diagnosed. It's kind of hard to wrap your head around.....

That's too many. Way too many.

I'm on a quest to obliterate those numbers.

2 comments:

Racn4acure said...

Sobering numbers Elsbeth. I often think, especially if I am tired and would rather be sleeping instead of out running at 4:30 AM, of how many people have died of cancer just while I did a short 5 or 6 mile run. And how many others are going off to chemo for the first time with dread in their heart. We will make a difference by doing all this!!!

Congratulations on signing back on to TNT (kind of habit forming, isn't it?) and on mentoring. I bet you will be a great mentor. I would love to do Nike someday. I know it is primarily for women but I know men are allowed. One of my sisters lives nearby in Vallejo. You will have another great TNT time! Art

Elsbeth said...

Thanks, Art!

My PF Chang's coach, Rick, is doing Nike for the second time this year. Men are MORE than welcome at the event- what a breathtaking course!