A Miracle Marathon For Me And You: 27 Miles In 27 Days

posted by Zakary on September 10, 2014

I’m stoked to share that I’m serving as a lead blogger for this fall’s Miracle Marathon, specifically in support of Children’s Hospital Colorado in Denver. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raise funds for 170 children’s hospitals across North America.

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Did you know that approximately 27.2 kids in the U.S are diagnosed with cancer every day?

Every 27.2 days approximately 1,100 kids will be diagnosed with Type One Diabetes? 

And approximately 27.2 kids in the U.S will die each month from cancer?

We were on the receiving end of that second statistic in January 2011 (five days before my daughter’s 10th birthday) and I’m here to tell you, it was major suckage.

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When she was almost 12, she came down with the stomach flu. The stomach flu can be very dangerous for a Type One Diabetic, they run the risk of their blood sugar going too high and developing Ketoacidosis. In Zoe’s case, she vomited right after taking a huge dose of insulin to cover the carbs in the dinner she was about to eat and her blood sugar bottomed out for hours. Early the next morning after a terrible night of sickness and battling her glucose levels and crying (me), her pediatric endocrinologist sent us straight to Children’s Hospital Colorado. He called ahead to let them know we were on our way and the level of care and compassion she received while in the ER was above and beyond anything I have ever seen in a hospital. The staff stopped her vomiting almost immediately, but she was already extremely dehydrated spilling a large amount of ketones, but they fixed her right up. We were there for about 10 hours and my only regret was that I didn’t take her in sooner, lesson learned. Children’s Hospital Colorado is our preferred hospital and it is on all their school/activity forms.

So, what is the Miracle Marathon? It’s a 27-day virtual fundraising campaign in which participants run, walk, or achieve forward motion of any kind one mile per day starting September 16th. The first 26 days are completed at your own pace—wherever and whenever you want. On Day 27, October 12th, the final 1.2 miles will be started as a group at 2:27 pm EST. It’s a marathon, plus a mile, for the kiddos. It’s perfect for those of us who like the idea of completing a marathon but would rather not complete all the miles at once.

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Please join me and register to support Children’s Hospital Colorado or another Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, and tell a friend. If you register as a Miracle Maker (you’ll receive fun swag), you can use my special code MIRACLEZAKARY to get a 10% discount off registration.

You can sign up for Team Raising Colorado here or you can sponsor one of my miles here (seriously any amount). Your donation is tax-deductible, 100 percent of proceeds go to help sick or injured kids, and all donations go directly to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. When a donation is given it stays in the community, helping local kids.

High fives to everyone, especially Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

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Back To Something

posted by Zakary on August 29, 2014

The kids went back to school and you guys, it’s on.

For the first time in almost 14 years, I’m home alone by myself like Macaulay Culkin. Except no one is trying to burglarize the house and I’m old enough to day drink.

Troy was born when Zoe was in the first semester of 1st grade, so I had a few months home alone back then, but I don’t really count that because I was huge pregnant and spent most of the days back then alone eating every 15 minutes and waddling all over town going to yoga (because back problems) and midwife appointments and updating my MySpace page.

That also seems like it was yesterday, but boom, I have suddenly have a 1st grader and an 8th grader.

Zoe goes to middle school at dark thirty o’clock while Troy is still sleeping, so I requested a photo of the two of them together after the first day of school had let out because I want to document this glorious moment in our lives. (Mostly my life.) I thought I might be a tiny bit sad that the house was going to be empty during the day, but I checked the district calendar and I have plenty of breaks throughout the school year to look forward to the non-stop arguing and tattling.

Here’s the first photo, such cooperation.

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Second photo, I asked if Troy could stop trying to smash ants and told Zoe she could not leave and that I would not just photoshop them together.

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Third photo, GOOD ENOUGH.

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With all my free time lately, I’ve managed to keep my house clean and organize LEGOS into bins.

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#YOLO

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