What a great quote and motto to live by. That is the quote that Jenny Crain uses to motivate herself. A quote that would help her to compete and qualify for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials.
In August of 2007, fate would take her away from next spring's Olympic Marathon Trials.
While on a morning run, Jenny was struck by a car on Milwaukee's east side and her life was forever changed. She suffered life-changing injuries, including a fractured vertebrae, shattered jaw, and brain damage. The brain damage that occurred has slowed Jenny down on the course~but her attitude and wit, are still Olympic-sized.
Through extensive rehabilitation and perseverance, Jenny has made gains that doctors did not think would be possible. Every day of her life, Jenny's day-to-day living is like training for a marathon.
With rehabilitation like this comes cost. The Make It Happen Fund has been established to offset some of these medical bills. There have been several fund raisers throughout the past couple of years to benefit Jenny.
This year however, the fight, the cause, and the event is so Jenny, I get a smile on my face every time I think about it. This year at the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon, a world record will be broken. We are running a marathon trying to beat the Guinness Record for most runners linked together to complete a marathon. All of us runners will raise a minimum of $500 for The Make it Happen Fund. This is something near and dear to my heart, that the minute I read about it I knew I wanted to be a part of it. Runners helping a runner? You bet! Over 70 of us are on board and reading to run! Also, Jenny is so excited about this and will be joining us near the race end to finish with us.
I am asking you today to MAKE IT HAPPEN and help by donating to Jenny's cause, and to help me “Make it Happen” for Jenny.
Here is a link to donate:
After entering your amount, on the next page under your information, please indicate the runner name, me, Amy Zembroski.
If you are interested in being a spectator at this amazing event, mark your calendars for October 2, 2011. I would love to see you there!
Jenny’s story featured in Runner’s World Magazine (click here)
Record attempt write up in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (click here)